$23 Million In Federal Parent Involvement Funds Mis-Allocated?

Complaints about the mis-allocation of Title I parent involvement funds have been around since Title I began 40 years ago, and perhaps as long in CPS.  This email sent to me by a reader suggests that the problem has only gotten bigger.  Are Title I funds being used for PI in your schools, do you know?  Lots of schools don't even have fully functioning PI Committees, last I looked.

It was brought to my attention that the

 

Title I - Low Income Funds for school

 

year 2006-2007 that was given in

 

the amount of $303, 184, 767.00

 

for District 299 to address the

 

supplemental academic needs

 

of children, had $23,000.000

 

twenty three million dollars that

 

was not used or released and was

 

stated to be ( FROZEN ) by the

 

date of 8. 31. 2007 date. 

 

 

 

You can check this information with

 

the Illinois State Board of

 

Education Grants department

 

to see if  this information is correct

 

or incorrect.

 

 

 

I am asking on behalf of many

 

parents and community

 

residents three (3) questions:

 

 

 

1. Isn't
that an
excessive

 

    amount to carry over and why

 

   were these funds frozen?

 

 

 

2. How much of those funds can

 

    be attributed to the 06-07

 

    1% of the Title I - Part A

 

subpart one Section 1118

 

Parental Involvement funds

 

3. (C ) ? not used or expended

 

for purposes intended in a timely

 

manner, in addition do these

 

frozen funds also cover the amount of

 

the funds that the Title I - Part A

 

NCLB schools did not get

 

to use from their School wide

 

SIPAAA Title I - Part A allocations

 

for STAFF 7990 (Legacy)

 

by the August cut-off date of August

 

31, 2007 because they were frozen

 

by Human Resource in March 2007

 

and not returned to the schools in

 

July 07 with the Parent Training Funds???

 

 

 

3. Parents would also like to receive

 

a copy of the report for the last

 

five (5) years indicating how

 

the State reviewed the District's

 

compliance with the terms under

 

Section 1118. Especially

 

with regard to Charter Schools

 

Parents being made aware of the

 

terms of Title I - Part A Section

 

1118 of the NCLB Act and their

 

options to use these funds to support
their reasonable and necessary expenses

 

when they attend school related

 

meetings and trainings.

 

 

 

These answers are very important.

 

as it is these dollars come into

 

District 299, Only because

 

of the information from the Census

 

( the homes of Title I Children

 

and community residents)

 

and the Working Poor

 

income of parents as

 

reflected on the school lunch

 

forms and the
formula children

 

index used to allocate these funds

 

to the qualifying Title I -

 

Part A schools of every

 

description as it would

 

apply. Charter Schools

 

Alternative Schools and

 

Private Schools.

 

 

 

I await a timely response

 

and your consideration of

 

these important matters that

 

can have a profound effect

 

on the Resources  that affect

 

]schools making AYP and

 

the students making grade

 

level academic progress in all

 

of the Title I - Part

 

A schools in this District

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