In order to receive Title VI funds, an LEA must submit an application to the SEA. The SEA sets the due date for local applications. An LEA may submit a separate application for Title VI funds or, under circumstances described below, a consolidated application.
Section 14305 of the ESEA (20 USC 8855) provides the authority for LEAs to submit consolidated applications. There are two circumstances under which an LEA may submit a consolidated application. First, under section 14305(a), an LEA that is receiving funds under more than one of the ESEA programs for which consolidation is permitted may submit a consolidated application to the SEA. Second, under section 14305(b), if an SEA has obtained approval from the Department of a consolidated State application, it may, if it desires, require LEAs receiving funds under more than one program included in the consolidated State application to submit a consolidated local application.
SEAs are free to determine the content of consolidated local applications; however, under section 14305(d), SEAs may require as part of a consolidated local application only those descriptions, information, assurances and other material that are absolutely necessary. The flexibility that SEAs have to design the content of consolidated local applications means that they are not required to include specific application requirements set forth in individual program statutes. Therefore, an SEA that designs a consolidated local application that covers Title VI is not required to include any of the local application requirements found in section 6303. Under the Department's interpretation, however, exclusion of any of these specific Title VI local application requirements from the consolidated local application would not change an LEA's responsibility to comply with any program requirements that are expressed through the local application requirements.
|Example. Title VI requires that local applications provide for systematic consultation with parents, teachers and administrative personnel, and other groups involved in implementation of Title VI. If an SEA designs a consolidated local application that covers Title VI and excludes this specific application requirement from the consolidated application, an LEA would not be required to address systematic consultation in the consolidated application, but would still be required to carry out the systematic consultation requirement in its program.|
Finally, in developing consolidated local applications, SEAs must collaborate with LEAs under section 14305(c). In designing consolidated local applications that cover Title VI, SEAs and LEAs are encouraged to work together to emphasize the relationship of the planned Title VI program to the State's Goals 2000 or other systemic reform plan, as well as to the other programs covered in the consolidated application.
If an LEA chooses to submit a separate Title VI application, it must include the following information:
In keeping with the opportunity that exists to use Title VI funds in ways that support reform efforts, the Department encourages LEAs to include in their applications a discussion of how the planned Title VI activities relate to its statewide school reform plan, including the State's or LEA's Goals 2000 plan.
LEA, for systematic consultation. Such consultation must cover the allocation of funds for programs authorized by Title VI and the design, planning and implementation of those programs. Each LEA may determine, based on local needs and circumstances, what constitutes systematic consultation. In general, the Department envisions that such consultation would be an ongoing process that is open to all interested persons and is calculated to provide advice within a timeframe that can affect ultimate decisions regarding Title VI programs.
LEAs have used a number of strategies to ensure that they maintain meaningful systematic consultation with parents. Among these strategies are:
Combinations of these activities can often ensure effective two-way communication. Meaningful parent involvement requires adequate information upon which to base that involvement. Schools are encouraged to capitalize upon this relationship and afford parents the opportunity to become involved in critical choices regarding their children's education.