A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

United States Department of Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

April 11, 1996

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to provide you with a printed copy of Policy Guidance for Title I, Part A--Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies.

This guidance is to assist State and local educational agencies use Part A funds to support strong coordination of Part A with other Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs and other related Federal programs in ongoing State and local reform efforts for the improvement of teaching and learning. This document replaces all prior nonregulatory guidance (the Chapter 1 Policy Manual) for Part A programs. As new examples and information become available, they will be added to the guidance.

A significant amount of review and input from the field helped us to develop this guidance. The guidance is one of many resources State and local educational agencies use to determine how to best meet the needs of our at-risk students. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the authorizing statute, applicable regulations, associated application/plan instructions, and guidance for other Department programs. This guidance is nonbinding but compliance with the guidance will be deemed by the Department, including the Inspector General, as compliance with the applicable Federal statutes and regulations.

We hope that you will use the opportunities provided under the ESEA to leverage available resources to help at-risk children achieve the challenging standards that States are establishing for all children. We hope you find this document helpful in your efforts to adopt new ideas and effective practices that enable at-risk students to be effective learners and acquire the knowledge and skills needed in the 21st Century.

Mary Jean LeTendre
Compensatory Education Programs

Our mission is to ensure equal education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation

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