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ESEA Title VI - Flexibility and Accountability

Central SchoolThe purpose of Title VI is to provide funding flexibility to help eligible schools raise student achievement.

Part A of ESEA Title VI provides General Transferability for large districts. Districts using the General Transferability authority may transfer up to 50% of any title allocation to another title - except that no funds can be transferred from Title I, Part A. Districts identified for improvement by TItle I, Part A are limited to a transfer of 30% and districts in corrective action may not transfer funds.

Part B of ESEA Title VI, also called REAP, contains Subpart 1, the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, and Subpart 2, Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program.

Subpart 1, the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, provides 100% flexibility among title programs, except no funds can be flexed from Title I, Part A. In addition to the flexibility provisions, SRSA provides additional grants directly from the United States Department of Education to help eligible districts meet the requirements of ESEA/NCLB. SRSA grants can only be used for the activities of the ESEA/NCLB title programs and most Montana districts qualify for the SRSA Program because they are small and rural.

Subpart 2, the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program provides small grants through OPI for districts ineligible for the programs described above. RLIS grants may be used for only the ESEA/NCLB title activities listed in the E-Grants system and RLIS districts are limited to the General Transferability authority described in Title VI, Part A above. Very few Montana districts qualify for RLIS funds, because most qualify for SRSA grants.

Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program

You May Need:

SRSA REAP Eligibility Spreadsheet

Montana SRSA Awards

SRSA Contact: Eric Shultz
USDOE Program Specialist
202.260.7349

US Department of Education SRSA Site

Most Montana districts qualify for the Small Rural Schools Achievement (SRSA) Program which provides two forms of flexibility to eligible districts.

First, eligible districts have the authority to REAP-Flex funds among the title programs (except not out of Title IA). Districts flexing funds must file Final Program Reports and Final Expenditure Reports with the OPI at the end of the program but no later than November 10 of each year.

Final Program reports and Final Expenditure reports for programs run using REAP-Flex funds are due to the OPI at the end of the program or no later than November 10 of each year. These reports should be filed in the Title under which the program was carried out.

Second, the United States Department of Education administers the SRSA grant program. These are formula grants where the funds flow directly to the local district.

To be eligible for either part of the SRSA Program, districts must:

  • Have an average daily attendance of fewer than 600 students (or be located in a county with a population density of fewer than 10 people per square mile)
  • Be located in an area of the state classified by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as having a locale code of 7 or 8.

SRSA funds received directly from the United States Department of Education can be used for the activities authorized under these Title programs:

  • ESEA Title I, Part A
  • ESEA Title II, Part A
  • ESEA, Title II, Part D
  • ESEA Title III
  • ESEA Title IV, Parts A and B
  • ESEA Title V, Part A

Allowable Title II, Part D Activities

Allowable Title V, Part A Activities

Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program

RLIS Contacts:

US Department of
Education RLIS Site

RLIS Final Program Report

The Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program provides funds to rural LEAs that serve concentrations of children from low-income families. Very few Montana districts qualify for the RLIS Program which is administered by OPI.

To be eligible for the RLIS program, schools must:

  • Have a child-poverty rate of 20% or higher(Census data)
  • Be located in an area of the state classified bythe National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as having a locale code of 6, 7, or 8
  • Not be eligible for an SRSA grant

RLIS funds may be spent on the following activities (these activities must be aligned to one of these Title programs):

  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title I, Part A;
  • Parental involvement activities that meet the requirements of ESEA Title I, Part A;
  • Teacher recruitment and retention that meet the requirements of Title II, Part A;
  • Teacher professional development that meets the requirements of Title II, Part A;
  • Educational technology that meets the requirements of ESEA, Title II, Part D;
  • Activities authorized under ESEA Title III;
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities that meet the requirements of Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1.

Final Program reports and Final Expenditure Reports for the RLIS program are due to OPI at the end of the project but not later than November 10 of each year.