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Title I, Part A Authorized Use of Funds

Title I, Part A federal funds help to meet the educational needs of students in California.

The California Department of Education (CDE) recommends that local educational agencies (LEAs), County Offices of Education, and direct funded charter schools should consider the following general criteria when approving activities or expenditures supported with Title I, Part A funds:

  1. The activity/expenditure is aligned to meet the challenging State academic content standards [Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1112(a)(3)(B)(i) and ESSA Section 1112(b)];

  2. The activity/expenditure is an evidenced-based educational strategy (ESSA Section 1003[b][1][B], ESSA Section 1114[d], and ESSA Section 1115[h]);

  3. The activity/expenditure is reasonable, necessary, and allocable cost to the program (2 CFR 200.404 - 200.405);

  4. Title I, Part A funds used supplement the funds that would, in the absence of such funds, be made available from State and local sources, and does not supplant such funds (ESSA Section 1118[b][1]);

  5. Title I, Part A funds used are current Federal fiscal year or the subsequent fiscal year (ESSA Section 1127[a]).

Title I schools should consider the following general criteria when approving activities or expenditures supported with Title I, Part A funds:

  1. The activity/expenditure meets a need identified in the comprehensive needs assessment for Schoolwide Program (SWP) Schools (ESSA Section 1114[b][6]);

  2. The activity/expenditure is included in the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) [EC 52853(a)(6)-(7) and EC 64001(f)-(g)];

  3. The SPSA has been approved by the local governing board [EC 52855 and EC 64001(g)-(h)];

  4. The SPSA annually evaluates progress toward accomplishing goals [EC 64001(f)], and

  5. The activity/expenditure has been reviewed, approved, and recommended by the Schoolsite Council to the local governing board [EC 52853(b), EC 52855, and EC 64001(a)].

If an LEA or school has not successfully completed all of the above rationale, it is not likely to be an authorized use of Title I, Part A funds.

Resources

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Non-Regulatory Guidance - Supporting School Reform by Leveraging Federal Funds in a Schoolwide Program External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Non-Regulatory Guidance – Local Educational Agency Identification and Selection of School Attendance Areas and Schools and Allocation of Title I Funds to Those Areas and Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (DOC)

Non-Regulatory Guidance – Title I Fiscal Issues: Maintenance of Effort Comparability Supplement, not Supplant Carryover Consolidating Funds in Schoolwide Programs Grantback Requirements External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Questions:   Title I Policy and Program Guidance Office | TITLEI@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0917
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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