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Title I

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 The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This purpose can be accomplished by:

  • ensuring that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, teacher preparation and training, curriculum, and instructional materials are aligned with challenging State academic standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement;
  • meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children in our Nation's highest-poverty schools, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, Indian children, neglected or delinquent children, and young children in need of reading assistance;
  • closing the achievement gap between high- and low-performing children, especially the achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students, and between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers;
  • holding schools, local educational agencies, and States accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, and identifying and turning around low-performing schools that have failed to provide a high-quality education to their students, while providing alternatives to students in such schools to enable the students to receive a high-quality education;
  • distributing and targeting resources sufficiently to make a difference to local educational agencies and schools where needs are greatest;
  • improving and strengthening accountability, teaching, and learning by using State assessment systems designed to ensure that students are meeting challenging State academic achievement and content standards and increasing achievement overall, but especially for the disadvantaged;
  • providing greater decisionmaking authority and flexibility to schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance;
  • providing children an enriched and accelerated educational program, including the use of schoolwide programs or additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • promoting schoolwide reform and ensuring the access of children to effective, scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content;
  • significantly elevating the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development;
  • coordinating services under all parts of this title with each other, with other educational services, and, to the extent feasible, with other agencies providing services to youth, children, and families; and
  • affording parents substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

US Department of Education - Title I

Pennsylvania Department of Education - Title I

Title I Complaint Procedure

about 1 year ago

Keystone Central School District - Title I Complaint Procedure


Procedure Title:

Complaint Procedures for Federally Funded Programs Operating within Keystone Central School District

Law Reference:

Title IX – General Provisions of No Child Left Behind

Responsibility:

The following individuals are responsible for this procedure:

  • Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs
  • Director of Special Education
  • Superintendent

Procedure:

Any public or nonpublic school parent or teacher, other interested person, or agency may file a complaint.

All complaints must:

  • Be in writing (accommodations will be made, if requested)
  • Be signed by the person or agency representative filing the complaint
  • Specify the requirement of law or regulation being violated and the related issue, problem, and/or the concern
  • Contain information/evidence supporting the complaint
  • State the nature of the corrective action desired

Filing a Complaint:

  1. Submit the complaint in writing to the respective KCSD’s director/supervisor in charge of the program to which the complaint is being filed. Descriptive or supportive information concerning the complaint may accompany the letter. It is recommended that a copy of the complaint and any attachments are kept for the complainant's records.
  2. When the written complaint is received, the coordinator/supervisor or designee for the respective program will review the complaint, and contact the parents/guardian within ten (10) business days to schedule a meeting for review of the specific concerns within the complaint. Complaint meetings are typically scheduled within twenty (20) business days following the receipt of the complaint. Within twenty (20) business days following the meeting, the coordinator/supervisor or designee for the respective program will provide a written response to the complainant.

Filing an Appeal:

  1. Individuals not satisfied with the written decision of the program coordinator/supervisor or who have not received a reply to their formal complaint within the specified time period may appeal the complaint in writing to the director of student services. The appeal must be filed in writing and received within fifteen (15) calendar days of the coordinator/supervisor’s decision or the date when a response was to have been made.
  2. The director of student services will respond to the appeal using a timeline and procedures similar to the procedures followed by the coordinator/supervisor including: (a) the option of arranging a hearing within ten (10) business days of receipt of the appeal; and (b) providing a written decision within ten (10) business days following the appeal hearing, if held. When the issue appealed is unusually complicated, an additional twenty (20) business days may be taken by the director of student services in order to fully investigate the matter. Upon reaching a decision, the director of student services will provide a written response to the complainant.
  3. Individuals not satisfied with the written decision of the director of student services may further appeal the complaint to the ombudsman in the Office of the Superintendent. Once the decision of the director of student services has been received, the appeal must be filed in writing and received within fifteen (15) calendar days of that decision. The ombudsman in the Office of the Superintendent will research and evaluate the appeal and issue a written decision on behalf of the superintendent within twenty (20) business days.
  4. Individuals not satisfied with the written decision of the superintendent may further appeal the complaint to the Keystone Central School District Board of Education. The appeal must be filed in writing and received within thirty (30) calendar days of the superintendent’s decision.

Filing a Complaint with the Federal Government:

  1. Anyone who believes that an educational institution that received federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age may file a complaint. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group. Complainants may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) online at the following website:

                        http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintprocess.html

 

**NOTE: Personnel actions are the exclusive responsibility of the superintendent of schools and are not subject to public complaint procedures.**

 

Federal Programs Complaint Form

about 1 year ago

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), requires school districts to provide equitable services to eligible private school students, teachers, educational personnel, and parents (in some programs). Under Title IX, Part E - Uniform Provisions, Subpart 1 - Private Schools, public school district staff a re required to conduct timely and meaningful consultation with private school staff to determine the educational needs of the private school students. The information gathered provides direction for the services that are then provided to the private school students and the teaching staff. Through the consultation process, school districts build positive relationships with their private schools, which increases communication and minimizes any problems that may arise.

The Federal Programs office at Keystone Central School District encourages private school officials and school districts to work together to try to resolve disagreements that affect the services provided. When private school officials and districts are not able to resolve differences through direct communication, there is a formal process available. (NCLS, Section 9501)

Any individual or organization may file a signed, written complaint if it believes the state, a local school district, an educational service district or other sub-grantee has violated one or more requirements of federal statutes or regulations that apply to a federal program. Or regulations or state regulations that apply to an ESEA program. If private school officials believe that timely and meaningful consultation has not occurred or that the di strict did not give due consideration to their views. they should first contact the ESEA Programs representative or superintendent at the school district to discuss their concerns. I f the concern is not satisfactorily resolved. the private school has the right to contact the Federal Programs office at KCSD for resolution. In the event the concern is not resolved. the private school has the right to file a formal written complaint with KCSD.

The formal written complaint should include:

  • A statement that the district. other educational agency or in some cases KCSD has violated a requirement of a Federal statue or regulation that applies to a program requiring equitable participation;
  • The specific requirement alleged to have been violated:
  • the facts on which the complaint is based:
  • The name and address of the complainant:
  • The expected resolution or the alleged violation; and
  • The signature of the complainant.

A complaint should be sent directly to:

Office of Superintendent of Keystone Central School District, Attn: Federal Programs Office, 86 Administration Drive, Mill Hall, PA 17751

Receipt of a complaint activates a time limit not to exceed sixty (60) calendar days. After a complaint is received by the KCSD Superintendent. a copy of the complaint, along with any accompanying documentation, is reviewed by administrators of the school district and the district is asked to respond to the allegations. A copy of the district's response is sent to the complainant and he or she is given an opportunity to reply to the district's response. All actions shall be instituted no later than thirty (3 0) calendar days following the date of the decision. A written decision by PDE is the final decision in the matter. A complaint is considered resolved when the superintendent has issued a written decision and corrective measures. if warranted. have been completed. Appeals to KCSD decisions can be made to the United States Department of Education. (NCLB. Section 9503(b)) Federal Programs staff members are available to answer questions from districts and private schools regarding private school consultation and services (570-893- 4900, ext. 2337; or through email tmurty@kcsd.us).

 Below is the Federal Programs Complaint Form for Private Schools:

Complaint Form