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Federal Programs & External Grants

The Federal Programs & External Grants Department is responsible for ensuring that budgets and accounting records are in compliance with federal statutes and regulations, state laws, BESE rules and regulations, OPSB policies and procedures, and the processing of claims for reimbursements in a timely manner.

 

Title I

Title I funds of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the largest federally funded educational program authorized by Congress that provides supplemental funds to school districts to meet students' educational goals and needs. The funds are distributed to schools based on qualifying criteria set by the federal and state guidelines with high percentages of students from low income families designed to raise academic achievement and to provide educational enrichment opportunities for all students.

 

Family Involvement

Family involvement ensures parents the opportunity to participate in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving students' academic learning and other school activities. Orleans Parish School Board believes parents are their children's first teachers and their input is valued in the decision making process.

 

Title I, Part C: Homeless

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Families experiencing homelessness will need to complete a Student Residency Questionnaire. Students can be provided assistance with Title I funds in the following areas: transportation, free lunch, and education services.

 

Title I, Part C: Migrant

These funds are for identification and recruitment of every eligible migrant student. Title I, Part C, provides students supplemental funding to support migrant children while their families migrate for work opportunities. During the enrollment process students are screened for migrant qualifications. 

 

Title I, Part D: Neglected and Delinquent

Funding provides for the education of youth in state-run secure-care institutions to make successful transitions to school or employment upon release.

 

Title II

Title II funds have a major emphasis on the importance of teacher quality in improving student achievement. The funds are used to improve teacher and principal quality and to assist schools with building systems of support and capacity.

 

Title III

Title III funds aim to ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English Language proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic achievement standards that all students are expected to meet. Funds must be used to implement language instruction programs and skills of teachers who service EL students.

 

Title IV, Part A

Title IV funds provide students with access to a well-rounded education; support safe and healthy learning environments; and improve the effective use of technology to enhance academic achievement and digital literacy for all students.

 

 

Additional Grants

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education

Provides funding to assist high schools in paying the additional costs of approved career and technical education programs, which include agriculture education, health occupations education, business education, family and consumer sciences education, industrial/technology education, and marketing education. Programs must be taught by instructors endorsed in the respective curricular area.

 

Charter School Program (CSP) Grants

Funding to expand the number of high-quality charter schools for planning, program design, and initial implementation.

  • Charter School Program StartUp Planning
  • Charter School Program Implementation
  • Charter School Dissemination
 
Direct Student Services

Funding to support students in gaining access to academic courses, credentials, and services that are not otherwise available at their schools.

 
Early Childhood – Pre-K (LA4 TANF & State) and 8(g)

LA 4 provides six hours of early childhood education daily to at-risk four-year-olds to prepare them to enter Kindergarten ready to learn, including certified teachers, and the use of a developmentally appropriate prekindergarten curriculum. LA 4 is available directly to public schools and charters. 

 
Education Excellence Fund (EEF)

The Education Excellence Fund (EEF), is a special fund constitutionally established within the Millennium Trust, schools receive a share of the state’s proceeds from the “tobacco settlement”. EEF funds provide instructional enhancement for Pre-K through twelfth grade students, including early childhood education programs focused on enhancing the preparation of at-risk children for school, remedial instruction, and assistance to children who score below basic on high stakes tests.

 

Redesign 1003a

These funds are used to support struggling schools with building high-quality improvement plans to enhance curriculum, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement.

 

Non-Public Schools

Federal Programs is required to consult with Private Non-Profit Schools to determine equitable services for non-public school students and/or teachers. The LEA maintains control of the funds and ensures that the equitable services program implementation is complaint with the federal law. Federal funds are reserved at the district level to work with the private schools to meet their educational needs. Affirmations are submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education to document their participation. Title I services to eligible students are administered by Third Party Providers: Catapult Learning, LearnIt, and Sylvan Learning.

 

Non-Public Schools are eligible to receive the following funds:

Title I

Title I funds of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the largest federally funded educational program authorized by Congress that provides supplemental funds to school districts to meet students' educational goals and needs. The funds are distributed to schools based on qualifying criteria set by the federal and state guidelines with high percentages of students from low income families designed to raise academic achievement and to provide educational enrichment opportunities for all students.

 

Title II

Title II funds have a major emphasis on the importance of teacher quality in improving student achievement. The funds are used to improve teacher and principal quality and to assist schools with building systems of support and capacity.

 

Title III

Title III funds aim to ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English Language proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic achievement standards that all students are expected to meet. Funds must be used to implement language instruction programs and skills of teachers who service EL students.

 

Title IV

Title IV funds provide students with access to a well-rounded education; support safe and healthy learning environments; and improve the effective use of technology to enhance academic achievement and digital literacy for all students.

 

 

Federal Programs & External Grants Staff

 

Ivy Williams
Executive Director
504-359-8152

 

Greg Becnel
Special Revenue Director
504-304-5907

 

Debra Dean
Director
504-304-4959

 

Dwight Duplessis
Fiscal Manager
504-359-8193

 

Ayesha Buckner
Homeless/Parental Involvement Specialist
504-304-5926

 

Rhonda Gaspard
Coordinator
504-304-5605

 

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