Funding Opportunity: Title IV A
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Have you heard of Title IV A? This funding stream was created in the reauthorized Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the primary federal law concerning education. The purpose of Title IV, Part A is to improve academic achievement by providing a well-rounded education, fostering safe and healthy learning environments, and increasing the effective use of technology. In Washington, this funding goes to OSPI who distributes it to school districts based on the Title I funding formula. The 2017-18 school year was the first year of implementation, and it was a fairly small amount of funding in most districts.
Congress increased funding in this program, and now significantly more funding will go to school districts in the 2018-19 school year. Most very small districts will be receiving $10,000, with over $700,000 going to Spokane. Below are a few funding examples (these are preliminary funding levels):
Kelso – $81,081
Renton – $213,880
Seattle – $638,203
Tacoma – $669,893
Toppenish – $121,789
Wenatchee – $100,546
White Salmon - $14,470
This document from OSPI gives a great overview of how the funds can be used (included Expanded Learning Opportunities!). Each district will decide how the funds are used.
Your best option in accessing Title IV A is to reach out to your superintendent and/or school board members to start a discussion ASAP. You’ll need to have a good case to make and align it with district goals (example: reduction of absenteeism rates). If you know any central office staff, particularly staff managing federal or ‘Title’ funds, reaching out to them would be a good idea as well.
If you have any questions about Title IV A funding or ELO advocacy broadly, please contact David Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to support ELOs by signing up to take action!
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