Revised July 2007
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The Uniform Provisions contain requirements for timely and meaningful consultation between the entity receiving federal financial assistance and private school officials. The goal of the consultation process is to design and implement a program that will provide equitable services and meet the needs of eligible private school students, teachers and other education personnel. Consultation between the parties must occur before any decision is made that could affect the ability of private school students, teachers and other education personnel to receive benefits under ESEA and must continue throughout the implementation and assessment of activities. Consultation generally must include discussion on such issues as: how students’ needs will be identified; what services will be offered; how and where the services will be provided; who will provide the services; how the services will be assessed and how the results of assessment will be used to improve those services; the amount of funds available for services; the size and scope of the services to be provided; and how and when decisions about the delivery of services will be made.
In addition, a thorough consideration of the views of private school officials on the provision of contract services through potential thirdparty providers must take place, and, where the entity receiving assistance disagrees with the views of the private school officials on the provision of services through a contract, the entity must provide a written explanation of the reasons why it has chosen not to use a contractor.