Title III EL Consortium DetailsInformation about the Title III EL Student Program Consortium.
All local educational agencies (LEAs) that generate a formula subgrant of less than $10,000 in any school year must apply for and participate in the Title III English Learner (EL) student program as a member of a consortium. Features of consortium include, but are not limited to, the following:
One of the LEA members of a consortium must agree to serve as the lead LEA of the consortium. The lead LEA shall be the sole grantee and shall administer the subgrant on behalf of all consortium members.
The lead LEA will be responsible for acting as the fiscal and program agent for the consortium and will file the required expenditure reports via the Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) and maintain fiscal records. This includes reporting cash balances quarterly during the Federal Cash Management Data Collection window.
The consortium will plan to expend all Title III funds during the grant year. If all funds are not expended within the grant year, the lead LEA will continue to serve as the fiscal agent for the consortium for the duration of the 27 months grant period and/or until the funds are expended. Any unexpended funds after the end of the grant period must be returned to the California Department of Education (CDE).
The consortium shall develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), (Sample EL MOU [DOC]), that outlines how the consortium will meet all Title III EL program requirements. The MOU should describe the activities and timelines for the provision of Title III services to English learners enrolled in the consortium.
The lead LEA will be responsible for completing and submitting the Annual report and any other reports necessary to the CDE.