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School Improvement Grants

Number: 84.377
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
84.377 School Improvement Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Authorization (040):
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended , Executive Order Section 1003(g), 115 Stat. 1442, 20 U.S.C 6303(g).
Objectives (050):
To support competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools. In general, State educational agencies (SEAs) must give priority to LEAs with Title I-eligible schools ranked in the bottom five percent of such schools, based on student achievement and lack of progress in improving student achievement, as well as secondary schools with a graduation rate below 60 percent over a number of years. LEAs seeking funding to serve such schools must implement one of four school intervention models: turnaround model, restart model, school closure, or transformation model.
Types of Assistance (060):
Formula Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
An SEA must allocate at least 95 percent of the amount of the funds it receives directly to LEAs, primarily to implement specified school intervention models in Title I-eligible schools ranked in the bottom five percent of such schools, based on student achievement and lack of progress in improving student achievement, as well as secondary schools with a graduation rate below 60 percent over a number of years. An SEA may retain up to 5 percent of the grant amount received for administration, evaluation, and technical assistance expenses. At the LEA level, these funds may be used for any reasonable costs associated with implementing required school intervention models, or with carrying out school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring activities described in Section 1116(b) of the ESEA.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
SEAs with approved State plan amendments are eligible to receive funds.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
To be eligible to receive Title I School Improvement Grant funds, an LEA must have one or more schools identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Section 1116(b) of Title I of the ESEA.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
OMB Circular A-87. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Pursuant to Section 76.140 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is requiring States to implement application. ED has issued guidance and an electronic application for this program, which may be found at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html.
Award Procedure (093):
The Department will allocate funds to any State that submits an application meeting the Department's application requirements.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Varies with each State.
Appeals (096):
In programs administered by ED, Section 432 of the General Education Provisions Act provides LEAs with a right of appeal when there are disagreements between State and local educational agencies, including disagreements over funding decisions. Where an LEA alleges that the denial of funding is a violation of State or Federal law, rules, regulations, or guidelines governing the applicable program, it may, within 30 days, request a hearing from the SEA. Once the hearing is held and the SEA issues it written ruling, the LEA may appeal a negative ruling to the Secretary.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Under ESEA, ED allocates section 1003(g) School Improvement funds to States through a formula that is based on each State's proportionate share of funds received under ESEA Title I, Part A (Grants to LEAs), Part C (Migrant Education program), and Part D, Subpart 1 (State Agency Neglected and Delinquent program). The Secretary is authorized through FY 2012 appropriations acts in FY 2012 and 2013 to reserve up to 5 percent of available funds for national activities.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Title I School Improvement funds are available for obligation by State and local educational agencies for 27 months after funds become available on July 1. Funds become available to the Department on July 1, and will be allocated to States on or after that date. They remain available for obligation by LEAs under the initial period of availability for 15 months. Under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, any funds that remain unobligated may be carried over for obligation for an additional 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Grantees must submit program performance information through their annual Consolidated State Performance Reports.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with EDGAR in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $500,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.
Records (113):
All grantees must maintain and complete records as provided in EDGAR.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $533,551,678; FY 13 est $505,756,165; and FY 14 est $533,552,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Fiscal Year 2012: Range: $1,223,430 - $64,589,980. Average: $10,257,271.
Fiscal Year 2013 (est): Range: $1,125,116 - $57,030,515. Average: $9,011,292.
Fiscal Year 2014 (est): Range: $1,172,000 - $60,515,000. Average: $9,656,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Applicants should contact the headquarters office for more information.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Carlas McCauley, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, 3C116, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: carlas.mccauley@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-0824.
Website Address (153):
http://www.ed.gov/oese .
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.