Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA) - Private Schools
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Private Schools & Non-profits — Approved by the State Board of Education

The students, parent/guardians and educators of non-profit, private and religiously-affiliated schools are eligible for equitable services provided through federal grant programs.

Equitable Services = Specific, Effective & Allowable
The intent of federal law is that districts use their federal grant dollars to design programs and services that meet the individual needs of teachers and students in non-public schools. In some cases, what the public school provides could also meet the needs of a private school.

Private School Participation in Federal Programs

Guidance — Specific Provisions for Equitable Services

Title I, Part A & Private Schools
Serves the unique needs of children — kindergarten to grade 12 — who struggle to learn.

Title IV — Carl D. Perkins & Private Schools
Program focus must be on the academic achievement of career and technical education students.

Guidance — Uniform Provisions for Equitable Services

Uniform provisions cover these four federal programs:

Districts must follow this non-regulatory guidanceUniform Provisions (PDF): Title IX, Part E Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, revised March 2009.


State Approval for Private Schools
Only state-approved private schools are eligible for equitable services.

U.S. Dept. of Education
Office of Non-Public Education
Liaison to the nonpublic school community for the U.S. Department of Education


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