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Title VI - Part B - Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

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Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

The REAP program includes two separate programs for funding.  School district eligibility for this program is determined each year by the USDE. The list of eligible Iowa school districts can be found at:

Small, Rural School Achievement Program
Rural and Low-Income Schools Program

Small, Rural School Achievement Program (SRSA)

There are two components within the SRSA program.  
1.    “REAP Flex” authority
2.    SRSA program funding

REAP Flex Authority

The SRSA REAP program provides “REAP Flex” authority to transfer funds between Title programs in the 2012-13 school year.  Title VI (A) (2) allows LEAs to transfer up to 50 percent of NCLB formula grant funds among four programs: Title II (Part A), Title II (Part D), Title IV (Part A), and Title V.  Funds may also be transferred into, but not from, Title I (Part A). Therefore, allowable expenses under this program can be expended under the same guidelines as the following federal title programs:
 

  • Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs
  • Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (Section 2121) - Title II Part A
  • Educational Technology State Grants (Section 2412(a)(2)(A)) - Title II Part D (Ed Tech)
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Section 5112(a)) - Title IV Part A
  • State Grants for Innovative Programs (Section 5112(a)) - Title V Part A

Districts need to track how they use the REAP flex authority and the amount of funds “transferred” both from and to the various federal programs.


SRSA Program Funding

The SRSA program provide direct funding to eligible school districts.  Funds may be sent under the same guidelines as the following federal programs:

  • Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs
  • Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (Section 2121) - Title II Part A
  • Educational Technology State Grants (Section 2412(a)(2)(A)) - Title II Part D (Ed Tech)
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Section 5112(a)) - Title IV Part A

State Grants for Innovative Programs (Section 5112(a)) - Title V Part AEligible districts need to track how these funds are spent and report this information to the IDE annually.   
 

Rural and Low-Income Schools Program (RLIS)

The RLIS program goals are to increase student achievement. More specifically, the program is focused on the following goals.

  • To increase the percentage of all fourth, eighth, and eleventh grade students achieving proficient or higher in mathematics and reading;
  • To increase the percentage of high school students achieving a score or status on a measure indicating probable post-secondary success;
  • To incorporate in to its comprehensive school improvement plan provisions for the professional development for all staff in approved, funded areas of the REAP program;
  • To reduce the student dropout rates in grades seven through 12.

Eligible schools are able to use the funds in the following ways:

  • Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives
  • Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to utilize technology to improve teaching and to train special needs teachers
  • Educational technology, including software and hardware as described in Title II, Part D
  • Parental involvement activities
  • Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program (Title IV, Part A)
  • Activities authorized under Title I, Part A
  • Activities authorized under Title III (Language instruction for LEP and immigrant students)

Districts that receive funding through this program will need to report annual how the funds were used to support the above goals.  

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 24, 2014 at 8:19pm.