Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
- The local educational agency (LEA) will use Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title III, Part A, funds according to the purposes of the ESEA of 2001 (20 USC §6811; PL 107-110, §3102).
- ESEA, Title III, Part A, funds shall be used to supplement the level of federal, state, and local public funds that, in the absence of such availability, would have been expended for programs for English learner (EL) children and immigrant children and youth and in no case to supplant such federal, state, and local public funds (20 USC §6825[g]; PL 107-110, §3115[g]).
- The LEA will develop and submit to the California Department of Education an LEA Plan inclusive of all elements required by the State and ESEA, Title III, Part A, Section 3116 (20 USC §6826; PL 107-110,§3116). The LEA must annually review and update the LEA Plan. Any revisions should be approved by the local school board and kept on file with the original plan.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Student Subgrant
- A LEA may use no more than two percent of the limited English proficient (LEP) student subgrant for administrative costs and indirect costs for a fiscal year (20 USC §6825[b]; PL 107-110, §3115[b]).
- The LEA will comply with ESEA, Title III, Part A, Section 3302 regarding parent notifications, prior to and throughout, each school year (20 USC §7012[b]; PL 107-110, §3302).
- The LEA annually will assess the English proficiency of all children with limited English proficiency participating in programs funded by ESEA, Title III, Part A (20 USC §6826 [b][C]); PL 107-110, §3116 [b][C]).
- The LEA will base its proposed plan under ESEA, Title III, Part A, on scientifically based research on teaching EL children (20 USC §6825[a]; PL 107-110, §3115[a]).
- The LEA ensures that the programs will enable EL children served under ESEA, Title III, Part A, to speak, read, write, and comprehend the English language and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards (20 USC §6825[a]; PL 107-110, §3115[a]).
- The LEA is responsible for ensuring that the Year 2 LEA Improvement Plan is developed, submitted, and implemented expeditiously and inclusive of all elements required by the state and Section 3122 b(2)
- The LEA is responsible for ensuring that the Year 4 LEA Improvement Plan is developed, submitted, and implemented expeditiously and inclusive of all elements required by the state and Section 3122 b(4).
- The LEA is not in violation of any State law, including State constitutional law, regarding the education of EL children, consistent with ESEA, Title III, Part A, sections 3126 and 3127 (20 USC §6826[d]; PL 107-110, §3116[d]).
- The LEA shall provide the CDE with an evaluation every second fiscal year addressing all elements under ESEA, Title III, Part A (20 USC §6841[a]; PL 107-110, §3121[a]).
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III, Part A, Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Children & Youth
Each LEA receiving funds under ESEA, Title III, Part A, Section 3114(d)(1) shall use the funds to pay for activities that provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth, which may include:
Family literacy, parent outreach, and training activities designed to assist parents to become active participants in the education of their children;
Support for personnel, including teacher aides who have been specifically trained, or are being trained, to provide services to immigrant children and youth;
Provision of tutorials, mentoring, and academic or career counseling for immigrant children and youth;
Identification and acquisition of curricular materials, educational software, and technologies;
Basic instruction services that are directly attributable to the presence of immigrant children and youth in the school district, including the costs of providing additional classroom supplies, costs of transportation, or other costs which are directly attributable to instruction services of immigrant students;
Other instruction services that are designed to assist immigrant children and youth to achieve in elementary and secondary schools in the United States, such as programs of introduction to the educational system and civics education; and
Activities, coordinated with community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, private sector entities, or other entities with expertise in working with immigrants, to assist parents of immigrant children and youth by offering comprehensive community services (20 USC §3115[e]; PL 107-110 §3115[e]).
LEAs are authorized to assess costs for administration of the Title III Immigrant Education Student Subgrant Program, which include the assessment of indirect costs up to the approved indirect cost rate. A list of California’s approved indirect cost rates is available by accessing the CDEs Indirect Cost Rates Web page.
The LEA is authorized to assess costs for administration that are necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient performance and administration of Federal awards (Appendix A subsection C.1[a] and C.2[a] of 2 CFR part 225, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments [OMB Circular A–87, Revised]).
Administrative costs include both direct and indirect costs. Administrative costs are any costs, direct or indirect, that are administrative in nature and support the management of a program (California School Accounting Manual Procedure 915).
For LEAs who consolidate administrative funds, the maximum amount available for administrative costs is what is reasonable and necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the programs provided that the LEA budgets and expends at least 85 percent of the grant amounts at school sites for direct services to pupils (California School Accounting Manual Procedure 780).