Special Rules: 20-20 with 15%

Published: May 1st, 2018

Key Questions for Activities to Support the Effective Use of Educational Technology

  1. What is the scope and applicability of the Special Rule in section 4109(b)?
    At least 85 percent of the educational technology funds must be used to support professional learning to enable the effective use of educational technology. LEAs or consortiums of LEAs may not spend more than 15 percent of funding in this section on devices, equipment, software applications, platforms, digital instructional resources and/or other one-time IT purchases.

    Specifically, the statute states that LEAs may not use more than 15 percent for purchasing technology infrastructure as described in section 4109 (a)(2)(B) which states: “purchasing devices, equipment, and software applications to address readiness shortfalls” and in section 4109 (a)(4)(A) which states: “blended learning technology software and platforms, the purchase of digital instructional resources, initial professional development activities, and one-time information technology purchases.”

Reference: Non-Regulatory Guidance, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

The 20-20 Rule

LEAs that receive an allocation of $30,000.00 or MORE must:

  1. Allocate no less than 20% toward well-rounded education activities
  2. Allocate no less than 20% toward safe and healthy students
  3. Allocate a portion of funds to support effective use of technology

    ∗ The remaining 60% can be used toward any combination of:
    • Well-rounded Education
    • Safe & Healthy Students
    • Effective Use of Technology (please note, of this 60% you must allocate a portion to the Effective Use of technology)
      Of the portion allocated toward the Effective Use of Technology, only 15% may fund technological infrastructure expenses

The 15% Rule

LEAs that receive an allocation that is LESS than $30,000.00 may:

  1. Place the entire allocation in any ONE of the content categories, OR
  2. Activate any combination of the three categories (well-rounded, safe and healthy, effective use of technology)
    Of the portion allocated toward the Effective Use of Technology, only 15% may fund technological infrastructure expenses

    Title IV-A Special Rules 20-20 with 15%