Private Schools - Equitable Shares
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the opportunity for participation of private school students and teachers increased. In PPS, we provide equitable services/shares from both Title IA and Title II funding allocations. The funding is held at PPS with services and contracts being managed through direct communication with the private school's administration.
Expenditures for equitable services to eligible private school children, teachers and other educational personnel, and families must be equal to the proportion of funds allocated to participating public school attendance areas based on the number of children from low-income families who reside in those attendance areas and attend private schools. An LEA must determine the proportionate share of Title I funds available for equitable services based on the total amount of Title I funds received by the LEA prior to any allowable expenditures or transfers of funds. (ESEA section 1117(a)(4)(A).)
Priate schools receive a proportionate share of Title IA funding based on the per pupil calculations at their building. Students who qualify are those who reside within the boundaried neighborhood of a Title IA school AND qualify based upon their direct certification(see Title I for more information)
Title VIII now requires that equitable shares be available to continue supporting effective instruction within our private schools. These allocations are per‐pupil, are based on the amount available for all public and private school students enrolled in participating private elementary and secondary schools in areas serviced by the LEA, regardless of the student’s residency.
Beginning 2017-2018, Title IV funds have been rolled into Title II, increasing the available funding for supporting teachers. Private schools have seen an increased allocation to support instructional effectiveness due to this addtional funding. This will continue through the 2019-2020 school year.
For additional questions, please reach out to:
Program Director - Private Schools