COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 10, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
On June 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Virginia’s request for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. With this approval, school divisions and schools will no longer be labeled as “needs improvement.” To ensure that the proper schools meeting the requirements are identified as priority, focus, or rewards schools, it is important that schools receiving Title I, Part A, funds be identified as Title I, targeted assistance or schoolwide schools.
Title I coordinators should complete the attached Identification of Title I Schools form, Attachment A, and submit it by Monday, August 27, 2012, as a scanned attachment to ESEA@doe.virginia.gov or by fax to (804) 371-7347. In order for the Department to accurately identify all Title I, Part A, schools in your division for 2012-2013, and with the delay in releasing the 2012-2013 ESEA funding applications, the identification of Title I schools will be critical when generating the final list of schools identified as priority or focus.
Schools identified as priority will be funded mainly with School Improvement Grant 1003(a) or 1003(g) funds, and allowable set-aside funds (up to 20 percent) from the Title I, Part A, allocation, or other funds if needed. Schools identified as focus will be funded mainly with the allowable set-aside (up to 20 percent) from the Title I, Part A, allocations or other funds. Questions related to the funding for priority or focus schools should be directed to Dr. Kathleen Smith, director, Office of School Improvement, at Kathleen.Smith@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-5819.
If you have questions or need additional information about the identification of Title I schools, please contact Becky Marable, Title I coordinator, at Rebecca.Marable@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 371-0044. General questions about ESEA flexibility may be directed to ESEA@doe.virginia.gov.
PIW/ VT/ RLM