ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-09-033

Date Created : 03/30/2009


Co-op Directors
other: Federal Programs Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Alice Barnes Rose, Assistant Commissioner
Procedures for Determining Equitable Services for Private School Participation in Title I

Regulatory Authority:
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Pub. Law 107-110)

Contact Person:
Bernice Martin-Russell

Phone Number:


Section 200.65 of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I Regulations requires that from Title I funds reserved for parental involvement and professional development, a Local Education Agency (LEA) must ensure that the teachers and families of participating private school students are provided equitable services. The amount of funds required to provide the services must be proportionate to the number of private school students from low-income families residing in the participating public school district.

The method and procedures to be used to determine the required private school “set aside” amounts are attached to this Communication.

In addition, districts must remember that private school children do not participate in choice or supplemental service programs. Therefore, no set aside is required for private school students for choice or supplemental service programs. Title I money cannot be used to pay for substitutes for private school teachers even if the teachers are attending professional development activities paid by Title I.

Specific details regarding Title I Services to Eligible Private School Children are available in the U. S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance issued August, 2005, as well as, the Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Planning (ACSIP) webpage under the No Child Left Behind Act at under other resources.


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