Title IV Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Title IV Part A, Subpart 1 authorizes the expense of federal funds to support students and schools in three domains:
- Well-rounded education
- Safe and healthy students
- Effective use of technology
LEAs and consortia may apply for funds to support activities in one or in multiple domains, and grant funds have a life of 27 months. LEA and consortia applications must prioritize schools for Title IV support with the greatest demonstrated need.
Title IV Part A, Subpart 1 gives authority to grant funds through formula. The authority for competitive granting of Title IV funds was provided in the Appropriations Act and applies only for fiscal year 2017 funds.
Title IV funds are supplementary and may not supplant state and local funds. The three traditional assumptions of supplanting apply to Title IV funds, and supplement not supplant is considered on a cost by cost basis. There is an assumption of supplanting if
- the expense was paid for by state or local funds previously
- the expense is paid for by state and local funds at schools not receiving Title IV funds
- the expense is a legal requirement
Providing equitable services for private school students is a Title IV Part A requirement. Funds for equitable services are calculated in a similar fashion to Title I Part A. Title IV grant recipients are required to provide equitable services based on enrollment of impoverished students at Title IV schools and of impoverished students at private non-profit schools who live in the attendance area of a Title IV school.
Timely and meaningful consultation with private schools as to the nature of the services to be provided is a grant requirement. For Title IV grants awarded competitively, the equitable services will remain in the domain(s) for which the LEA received funding.
LEA’s receiving more than $30,000 in Title IV funds are required to complete a comprehensive needs assessment and to update the needs assessment every three years.
The Title IV application must be completed through consultation with stakeholders including: parents, teachers, principals, other school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, students, community-based organizations, local government representatives (which may include law enforcement, juvenile court, child welfare agencies, or public housing agencies), Indian tribes as appropriate, charter school teachers, principals and other school leaders as appropriate, and other experts. Continued consultation is required throughout the project to improve Title IV services.