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ESEA/ESSA Title V-Flexibility and Accountability

Part A-FUNDING TRANSFERABILITY FOR STATE AND LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES
The purpose of Title V is to provide states and LEAs the flexibility to target federal funds to the programs and activities that most effectively address the unique needs of states and localities.
Part A of ESEA/ESSA Title V provides transferability for districts. Districts using the transferability authority may transfer any title allocation to another title except that no funds can be transferred from Title I, Part A, C, or D.

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

ESEA/ESSA Title V, Part B, Subpart 1: Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program

ESEA/ESSA Title V, Part B, Subpart 2: Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program

ESEA/ESSA Title V, Part B, Subpart 1: Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program

You May Need:

SRSA REAP Eligibility Spreadsheet

USED SRSA Contact: Patricia Randall, Program Specialist
Patricia.Randall@ed.gov
202.260.1472
US Department of Education SRSA Site

The purpose of this program is to address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to complete effectively for Federal competitive grants and receive formula grant allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.  Eligible LEAs may use these funds to carryout activities under any of the following programs:  Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III; and Title IV Parts A or B.  Funds may be flexed into any of these programs, but dollars may not be moved out of Title I, Part A.

The United States Department of Education administers the SRSA grant program. These are formula grants where the funds flow directly to the local district.
Section. 5211. [20 U.S.C. 7345] USE OF APPLICABLE FUNDING.

  1. IN GENERAL.—A local educational agency shall be eligible to use the applicable funding in accordance with subsection (a) if-
    • the total number of students in average daily attendance at all of the schools served by the local educational agency is fewer than 600; or
    • each county in which a school served by the local educational agency is located has a total population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and
    • all of the schools served by the local educational agency are designated with a locale code of 41, 42, or 43, as determined by the Secretary;
    • the agency meets the criteria established in subparagraph and the Secretary, in accordance with paragraph (2), grants the local educational agency’s request to waive the criteria described in subparagraph or
    • the local educational agency is a member of an educational service agency that does not receive funds under this subpart and the local educational agency meets the requirements of this part.

Click on the following link for a list of districts that are eligible for these funds:
SRSA REAP Eligibility Spreadsheet
USED SRSA Contact: Patricia Randall, Program Specialist
Patricia.Randall@ed.gov
202.260.1472
US Department of Education SRSA Site

ESEA/ESSA Title V, Part B, Subpart 2: Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program

RLIS Contacts:

US Department of
Education RLIS Site

The Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) Program provides funds to rural LEAs that serve concentrations of children from low-income families.

To be eligible a local educational agency shall be eligible
to receive a grant under this subpart if:

  •  20 percent or more of the children ages 5 through 17 years served by the local educational agency
    are from families with incomes below the poverty line.
  • All of the schools served by the agency are designated with a locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43, as determined by the Secretary.
  • The agency meets the criteria established in clauseof subparagraph (A) and the Secretary, in accordance with paragraph (2), grants the local educational agency’s request to waive the criteria described in clause (ii) of such subparagraph.

RLIS funds may be spent on the following activities (these activities must be aligned to one of these Title programs).  Section. 5222. [20 U.S.C. 7351a] USES OF APPLICABLE FUNDING.

  • Activities authorized under ESEA/ESSA, Title I, Part A;
  • Activities authorized under ESEA/ESSA, Title II, Part A;
  • Activities authorized under ESEA/ESSA, Title III;
  • Activities authorized under ESEA/ESSA, Title IV, Part A;
  • Parental involvement activities

Final Reports
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. Both reports are found in the E-Grants System