Welcome Charter LEAs!
Information about Title I & Title II Programs
ADE is dedicated to serving all children in the State of Arizona.
This page is intended to assist Charter LEAs seeking
Title I & Title II Program funding and support.
What is a Title I school?
How does Title I & Title II help my Charter LEA?
How are allocations determined?
Congress has designed a complex process that begins with poverty distribution data from the US Census. Using the eligible child Census poverty counts and some additional non-Census data, the US Department of Education (ED) allocates the total Title I appropriation to all geographic districts in each state.
Because charter schools in Arizona lack boundaries, there is no direct Census poverty data available. ADE has developed procedures that use data entered into AzEDS to derive an estimated poverty count that is equivalent to Census data received from the ED for all of geographic Arizona’s school districts. Any charter or other special district not included in ED’s file that is eligible for Title I funds is added to the overall allocation file by redistributing funds proportionately.
What are common expenditures when utilizing Title I & Title II Funding?
Title I/II funds are intended to supplement the current instructional program. Common expenditures may include but not limited to:
- Staff and teacher professional development
- Summer school & intersession academic activities
- Before and after school tutoring
- Supplemental instructional materials and software
- Support for students experiencing homelessness
- Parent and community involvement activities
- Academic & social emotional interventions
- Staff retention and recruitment stipends
Basic Program Requirements
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) for the school site(s) only
- Root Cause Analysis (fishbones -3 per school)
- LEA Integrated Action Plan (LIAP)
- School(s) Integrated Action Plan (SIAP)
- Completed Application in the GME System
Based on the application, LEAs may be required to complete a brief phone interview, and two training sessions:
- Mandatory Charter Training (MCT) #1 which is the introduction to Title I/II documents and programmatic planning tools
- MCT #2 which the is the fiscal part of the Title I/II application process including the grant writing and how all the pages in the application interact with one another.
Title I programs consist of supplemental instructional support and intervention programs, professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators, and a family and community engagement program. There are two models – Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide. All Arizona Charter LEAs begin with a Targeted Assistance program and may transition to Schoolwide in year two based on whether the school meets the 40% poverty threshold, along with other criteria. The LEA receives the same amount of funding whether they choose to operate a Schoolwide program or remain a Targeted Assistance school.
What is the Title I Targeted Assistance program?
Regardless of poverty percentage, Charter schools in their first year of operation, must maintain a Targeted Assistance model.
Targeted Assistance programs can be operated in any Title I school. The IAP for a Targeted Assistance program describes how the school will support the academic achievement of its most at-risk students which are identified through specific criteria. This criterion is then used to rank students in relation to expected academic growth. Those students that are the lowest achieving are “targeted” to participate in supplemental intervention programs in addition to regular classroom instruction.
Title I Targeted Assistance program funds also provide professional development for teachers and other staff that work directly with the intervention program, and family and community engagement activities for parents of Title I students.
What is the Title I Schoolwide program?
A Charter school that meets the 40% poverty threshold may engage in the schoolwide planning process and transition to a Schoolwide program after its first successful year implementing a Title I Targeted Assistance Program.
A Title I Schoolwide program is designed to upgrade the entire educational program through a well-rounded environment to ensure all students – especially those considered most academically at-risk – can attain academic proficiency. The Schoolwide model, when fully implemented, permits resource alignment to serve the entire school, staff and parents.
NEW Charter LEA
Explanation of When to Select this Form: New Charter LEAs are not yet open and are applying for their new LEA in the coming fiscal year.
EXPANDING Charter LEA
34 C.F.R. §76.787 Defines significant expansion of enrollment as: “substantial increase in the number of students attending a charter school due to a significant event that is unlikely to occur on a regular basis, such as the addition of one or more grades or educational programs in major curriculum areas.”
- Addition of one or more grades
- Addition of a new site under the same Charter LEA
- Addition of an educational program in major curriculum areas
ESTABLISHED Charter LEA
*Please note that if an established LEA misses the deadline, they may remit the form later in the year and follow the timeline for the New Charter LEAs.
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