Under the Uniform Provisions, local educational agencies are required to provide services to eligible nonpublic school students, teachers and other personnel. These services and other benefits must be comparable to those provided to public school students and teachers participating in the program, and they must be provided in a timely manner.
To ensure equitable participation, the local educational agencies must: 1) identify the needs of nonpublic school students and teachers; 2) spend an equal amount of funds per student to provide services; 3) provide nonpublic school students and teachers with an opportunity to participate in activities equivalent to the opportunity provided public school students and teachers; and 4) offer services that are secular, neutral and non-ideological.
Under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local educational agencies are required to provide services for eligible public school students, as well as eligible private school students. Specifically, section 1118 of Title I, Part A, requires a participating local educational agency to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families, with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families.
Title I services for private school students must be developed in consultation with officials of the private schools.
The amount of Title I funds allocated to each participating public school attendance area is determined mainly on the basis of the total number of low-income students—both public and private—residing in each area. Expenditures for private school students in each area generally are determined based on the proportion of students from low-income families residing in that area who attend private school.
The Title I services provided by the local educational agencies for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school. These services may be provided by the local educational agencies, or by a contractor who is independent of the private school and any religious organization. Title I services or benefits must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological.
Activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities for students may include, but are not limited to:
Activities to support safe and healthy students may include, but are not limited to:
Activities to improve the use of educational technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students may include, but are not limited to: