Schoolwide. Consolidation. Consolidation Legislation and Guidance. Title I Schoolwide Fiscal Guidance issued February, 2008 [Section E] Designing Schoolwide (SW) Programs Guidance. Consolidation Legislation and Guidance (cont.). EDGAR Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87
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Consolidation Legislation and Guidance
Legislation and Guidance (cont.)
What Does Consolidation Mean?
The purpose of consolidating funds is to help a SW program school effectively design and implement a comprehensive plan to upgrade the entire educational program in the school based on the school’s needs identified through its comprehensive needs assessment [E-1].
Which Funds can be Consolidated?
If State/Local funds are consolidated with Federal funds and personnel are solely funded out of the consolidated funds, then Time and Effort documentation is minimized.
A July 1, 2012 submission date of a quality Consolidated Application in MEGS, and a quality School Improvement Plan in the AdvancED Portal, will ensure a review (and, we hope, approval) of the Consolidated Application prior to the start of school.
When Section 31a funds are consolidated in a SW program, the requirement for Eligibility Worksheets is optional for that school.
The emphasis is on a high-quality Schoolwide SIP rather than the level of description included in the budget.
The school must be eligible to receive Title I, Part A funds according to the Title I School Selection application, have greater than 40% poverty and have engaged in a year of planning to become a schoolwide school with an approved facilitator.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment
The school must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment (using all four types of data) to identify gaps in student achievement and identify needs of students, staff and other stakeholders.
A comprehensive Schoolwide SIP that is focused on an identified Schoolwide reform and aligned to the comprehensive needs assessment
The historical school-level basic educational program must be identified and continued to be offered.
If you are consolidating State/Local funds, additional information will be submitted in the Consolidated Application.
Identification of Consolidated Funds
SW school must identify in its SW plan which programs are included in its consolidation and the amount each program contributes to the consolidated SW pool [E-2].
This is done on a template that is uploaded under “Additional Requirements” in the SIP in AdvancEd.
Funds must be shared with
private schools as required
Supplement not Supplant
Each school operating a SW program must receive all the State and local funds it would otherwise receive to operate its basic educational program in the absence of Title I, Part A or other Federal education funds [E-2].
Intent and Purposes
The school must be able to demonstrate that its SW program contains sufficient resources and activities to reasonably address the intent and purposes of the included programs, particularly as they relate to the lowest-performing students. [E-14].
Intent and Purposes (cont.)
The school may only use consolidated funds to meet the intent and purposes of the funding sources that are pooled.
Ex., schools may only use funds to support state/local activities if state/local funds are included in the consolidation.
Other Program Responsibilities
Other Program Responsibilities
Programmatic Record Keeping
Documentation must be maintain that sufficient resources have been allocated to ensure the intent and purposes of programs were fulfilled particularly as they relate to the lowest-performing students.
Distribution of Funds
State Aid and local tax revenue must be distributed fairly and equitably to all schools–including SW program schools–without regard to whether those schools are receiving Federal and State supplementary funds.
The business office must maintain the ability to determine if Federal funds are unspent at the end of the year.
Will Targeted Schools be able to participate?
Eligible targeted schools with a minimum 40% poverty rate that become schoolwide by Fall, 2012, and meet the specified criteria may participate.