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Improving America's Schools Act (IASA)

New Jersey Department of Education
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FY 2002

Allocation and Program Information

Allocation Notice Explanation

The summary allocation notice lists your allocation amount for each IASA/CSR program. Individual allocation notices provide details about each allocation as described below:

FY 2002 Formula Allocation

Calculations for each Title are based on FY 2001 federal guidance and use projected charter school data. There may be private schools listed in the FY 2001 allocation adjustment that are not listed in the FY 2002 allocation. These private schools do not receive funds for FY 2002.

FY 2002 Charter School Set Aside

These amounts reflect funds allocated to the charter schools and are based on projected data. Final allocations will be recalculated once actual charter school data is available. Any upward or downward adjustments resulting from these final allocation calculations for FY 2002 will be reflected in your FY 2003 IASA/CSR allocation notices.

FY 2001 Allocation Adjustment

These amounts reflect increased or decreased amounts that were calculated in the FY 2001 adjusted formulas. These amounts are specified separately on this FY 2002 allocation notice and include adjustments from FY 2001 for both the LEA and private schools. Final allocations for FY 2002 will be calculated once the FY 2002 federal guidance is available. Any upward or downward adjustment will be reflected in your FY 2003 IASA allocation notices.

Total FY 2002 Allocation

These totals identify all funds that are available for expenditure in FY 2002.

Maintenance of Effort

The FY 2002 maintenance of effort adjustments for affected districts are not reflected in this allocation notice. The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has given the NJDOE permission to make these adjustments in the next year to provide LEAs an opportunity to appeal, if needed, and to reduce burdensome changes to application budgets. Maintenance of effort adjustments to the IASA allocations will be made at the time of the adjustments to the FY 2002 allocation and will be shown on the FY 2003 allocation notices.

Web Site Updates

Title I: The Title I Eligibility page, directions and the checklist have been revised to include a set-aside amount for Capital Expenses. More information on Capital Expenses is provided below.

Title II: The Budget Summary has been revised to un-shade GAAP code 200-500.

Title II: The Budget Detail has also been updated to reflect the addition of the "Teacher Quality" funds. More information on "Teacher Quality" is provided below.

Title IV: A revision to the IASA Application and Guidelines for Title IV that was previously distributed to LEAs is now posted. LEAs may now use any or all of the four IASA goals.

Program Specific Information for Each Title

Title I: Although there were substantive changes to the Title I Basic and Concentration formulas beginning with the FY 2000 award, the hold-harmless provision of IASA 1122(c)(3) has not changed. For FY 2002, each eligible LEA will receive Title I Basic and Concentration allocations, which are not less than 100 percent of the FY 2001 allocation (adjusted for transfers to vocational and charter schools). Concentration funds will be distributed regardless of Title I eligibility.

Title I allocations (both Basic and Concentration) are calculated by the USDOE based on 1997 estimates of the United States Census Bureau data (enrollment and poverty) as required by federal legislation. For districts with resident populations of less than 20,000 ("small" LEAs), the NJDOE is permitted to use an alternative method (using state enrollment and at-risk data) with the approval of the New Jersey IASA Advisory Council and approval of a waiver by the USDOE. The NJDOE exercised this option to reduce the negative impact of USDOE allocations on "small" LEAs in New Jersey.

Eligibility for Title I funds is determined each year. Because actual enrollment and at-risk data is unavailable for first year charter schools and charter schools with significant enrollment increases, projections are used to determine eligibility and allocations for these charter schools. After actual data is obtained in October 2001, these charter schools may become ineligible or have their allocations significantly reduced. Affected charter schools that lose eligibility will be notified of their change in status. Affected charter schools with significantly reduced allocations will also be notified as soon as the impact of the change is determined.

Title I Capital Expense: Title I funds must serve both eligible public and nonpublic school students. Due to the Agostini v. Felton decision allowing for on-site nonpublic

school services, special Title I Capital Expense funds have been cut dramatically. For this reason when consulting with nonpublic school representatives, consideration to different instructional delivery systems that can be provided on-site should be fully explored. Nevertheless, regular Title I capital expenses must be reserved from the regular Title I district allocation as are reasonable and necessary if the district is incurring such extraordinary expenses. Please note that this set aside must be included and calculated appropriately within the per pupil expenditure and shown on the revised version of the Eligibility page of the district’s application.

Title II: LEAs must use at least 57 percent of the Title II allocation for professional development activities in mathematics and science.

LEAs are receiving additional Title II funds in FY 2002 to improve teacher quality. These "excess" funds, approximately 23 percent of the FY 2002 allocation, are subject to special requirements by Congress. LEAs must use some or all of their excess funds to reduce the percentage of teachers who:

  • do not have State certification or are certified through emergency or provisional means;

  • are teaching out of field in some or all of the subject areas and grade levels in which they teach; or

  • lack sufficient content knowledge to teach effectively in the areas they teach.

Excess funds not used for the activities listed above may be used for enhancement of content-area knowledge. Rather, LEAs may use a portion of these funds for:

  • LEA activities already permitted under Title II, section 2210 of ESEA;

  • mentoring programs for new teachers;

  • multi-week institutes, such as those offered in the summer months, that provide intensive high quality professional development; and

  • initiatives to promote the retention of highly qualified teachers who have a record of success in helping low-achieving students.

The amount of Title II funds for "Math/Science" and "Teacher Quality" is indicated separately on the LEA FY 2002 Allocation Notification. Budget these funds using the Title II column on the Budget Detail page of the application.

Title II Match: Title II requires a LEA match that is equal to 50 percent of the Title II public school allocation, excluding the private school allocation amount. The LEA match is to be shown on the Budget Summary in the LEA match column.

Title IV: If, in FY 2001, your district was one of the 61 that were designated a "high need" district, it received funds in addition to the base entitlement amount. If, based on the formula calculations using current data, your district lost its "high need" status, separate correspondence has already been forwarded to your district.

Title VI: The FY 2002 Title VI data collection instrument and directions for completion are enclosed. Since the data being collected reflects planned activities, it is more expeditious for the LEA to complete the form during the application process. The data collection form must be completed and returned to OGMD along with the copy of the FY 2002 IASA/CSR application.

Class-Size Reduction: The FY 2002 CSR data collection worksheet (page 5 of the IASA/CSR application) is available in an electronic version. Forward the completed worksheet electronically following the instructions posted on the web site and include a hard copy with the FY 2002 IASA/CSR application.

Important Information

  • The IASA/CSR project period begins on September 1, 2001. Program activities should commence at the beginning of the project period. Receipt of funds should not delay the provision of services.

  • All LEAs budgeting funds for salaries of full and part-time staff who participate in TPAF must include both TPAF and FICA contributions at a rate of at least 15%.

  • Districts with Title I schools identified as in need of improvement, e.g., schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress, must offer intradistrict choice to the parents of the students enrolled in those schools. Guidance for intradistrict choice will be sent under separate cover.

  • The IASA/CSR Program Plan must contain objectives that identify the target population, provide measurable and achievable outcomes, and specify benchmark dates for outcome achievement.

  • Selected pages of the IASA/CSR application are available in an Excel spreadsheet which can be downloaded from the NJDOE web site to facilitate in the preparation of the application. Instructions are posted on the web site and technical assistance is available.