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Guidance: Title I, Parental Involvement Policies

2013-14 Consolidated Application guidance for the Title I, Part A Parental Involvement Policies.

ESEA Section 1118(a)(3) Reservation:

  1. In general - Each local educational agency shall reserve not less than 1 percent of such agency's allocation under subpart 2 of this part to carry out this section, including promoting family literacy and parenting skills, except that this paragraph shall not apply if 1 percent of such agency's allocation under subpart 2 of this part for the FY for which the determination is made is $5,000 or less.
  2. Parental input - Parents of children receiving services under this part shall be involved in the decisions regarding how funds reserved under subparagraph (A) are allotted for parental involvement activities.
  3. Distribution of funds - Not less than 95 percent of the funds reserved under subparagraph (A) shall be distributed to schools served under this part.

ESEA Section 1118(b): School Parental Involvement Policy:

  1. In general - Each school served under this part shall jointly develop with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means for carrying out the requirements of subsections (c) through (f). Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
  2. Special rule - If the school has a parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, such school may amend that policy, if necessary, to meet the requirements of this subsection.
  3. Amendment - If the local educational agency involved has a school district-level parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, such agency may amend that policy, if necessary, to meet the requirements of this subsection.
  4. Parental comments - If the local educational agency’s plan under Section 1112 is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the local educational agency shall submit any parent comments with such plan when such local educational agency submits the plan to the State.

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