Background on Former Legislation

NCLB came about as a result of growing achievement gaps in America’s public schools. With the intent to improve public education, NCLB required higher academic standards, established accountability measures based on academic test scores as well as the nationwide goal that all students in every school reach grade-level proficiency in reading and math by the [...]

TITLE I: Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies

Purpose: “The purpose of this [TITLE I] is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.’’ (SEC. 1001. Title I Statement of Purpose, The Every Student Succeeds Act). Title I Funds Part A: LEA Grant 15,012,317,605Part B: State Assessments 378,000,000Part C: Migratory Children [...]

ESSA Essentials: The Basics on State Plans

ESSA Overview ESSA requires states to ensure that all students have access to effective teachers, a well-rounded education, safe learning environments, equitable access to educational technology and the necessary supports to be prepared for college, career, and life beyond the classroom. Under ESSA, states and districts set their own goals and to determine how they [...]

TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders

Part A: Supporting Effective InstructionPurpose: The purpose of this program is to provide grants to State educational agencies and subgrants to local educational agencies in order to: increase student achievement consistent with challenging academic State standards improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders increase the number of teachers, principals and [...]

TITLE IV: 21ST Century Schools

TITLE IV consists of two block grant programs as well as grant and assistance programs that provide comprehensive support for students, strengthen parent and family engagement and support 21st-century learning in America’s schools. TITLE IV Part A consolidates 50 programs of NCLB into a more flexible block grant program under ESSA. TITLE IV PART A: [...]

TITLE V: State Innovation and Local Flexibility

Part A: Funding Transferability for State and Local Educational AgenciesPurpose: The purpose of TITLE V, Part A is not a separate program. The purpose of this part is to allow SEAs and LEAs flexibility in targeting Federal funding to the programs and activities that address the unique needs of states and local area. State Actions [...]

Counting the Cost of Free: An In-Depth View of OER

OERs are free, adaptable, and shareable pieces of content that are typically created and disseminated electronically. Digital content includes but is not limited to digital presentations, videos, informational websites, interactive learning objects, mobile apps, online assessments—even games and simulations. OERs have multiple origins such as educational institutions, governmental agencies, libraries and archives, commercial publishing organizations, [...]

PERILS OF E-RATE/CIPA COMPLIANCE

At i-SAFE, our focus is to ensure that your school/district and/or DOE has all the information you need to make sure you are in compliance and that your E-Rate funding is not at risk. Below are some important deadlines: Form Number Due Date Form 470 4/13/2017 Form 471 5/11/2017 Form 486 Depends on the service […]

FCC Form 486 Changes, Impacts on School Funding

A key note to remember is that on October 20, 2016, the FCC released an Order in which starting January 30, 2017, the FCC will be less forgiving in granting Form 486 deadline waivers than in the past. i-SAFE’s compliance programming offers you a cost-effective compliance solution that exceeds regulatory requirements. When you process Form […]