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General Provisions (I-I)

Purpose

The General Provisions of Title I primarily concern regulatory and administrative requirements, including provisions concerning state and local flexibility and the development of regulations on the No Child Left Behind Act.

How It Works

Part I contains several provisions intended to ensure state and local flexibility in certain areas. It prohibits the federal government from mandating "specific instructional content, academic achievement standards and assessments, curriculum, or program of instruction," and it states that nothing in Title I requires equalized spending for a state, school district, or school. It also requires that state rules, regulations, and policies related to Title I be minimal, that they conform to the purposes of Title I, and that they be reviewed by a committee of practitioners created by the state to help it carry out its responsibilities under Title I.

Other provisions require annual state reports on school dropout rates, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, and annual General Accounting Office audits of at least six Title I districts to examine the extent to which funds were used for instructional and noninstructional purposes.

Key Activities For The State Education Agencies

State education agencies must:

  • Prepare an annual report on school dropout rates.
  • Establish a committee of practitioners to review any state rules, regulations, and policies related to Title I.

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