Are all private schools eligible to participate in Title I?
No. The LEA must consult with all non-profit private schools registered with the Florida Department of Education with a tax-exempt identification number that serves students who live in the LEA. Registered private schools within the state of Florida are listed on the official list of private schools which is maintained by the Office of Independent Education and Parent Choice. LEAs may find the list of private schools within their LEA and their tax-exempt identification number status by viewing the official list of private schools for the state of Florida, located on the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice website (http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/).
Which private schools must LEAs consult with?
The LEA must consult with all private schools with a non-profit status that serve students who live in the LEA.
What is consultation?
Consultation is the statutorily required basis for determining all services to be provided to eligible private school students. LEAs are required to annually discuss key elements of the program and the evaluation of services that allow equitable participation of private school students, their parents, and teachers in Title I programs. The key elements are instructional services, professional development, and parental involvement.
Is there a minimum definition of consultation?
No. However, a unilateral offer of services by an LEA with no opportunity for discussion is not adequate consultation. Similarly, it is not adequate consultation to send a letter to officials of the private schools explaining the intent of Title I. In general, consultation must meet two conditions: it must be (1) timely and (2) meaningful.
When must consultation take place in order to be “timely?”
Timely consultation takes place before decisions are made about Title I funding and services that could affect the opportunity for eligible private school children, their teachers, and their families to participate in Title I programs. Examples of activities that should be discussed prior to decisions about services are:
What must consultation include in order to be “meaningful?”
Consultation is meaningful if it includes all of the statutorily required topics. Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Chapter II, Part 200, Section 200.63 consultation must, at a minimum, address the following issues:
How do LEAs begin the consultation process?
Every year, an LEA must contact officials of private schools with children who reside in the LEA regardless of whether the private school they attend is located in the LEA. Consultation should take place early (i.e., November of the previous year) to ensure adequate and sufficient time to plan.
For additional information about Title I and the role of Private Schools, please see the following web site: http://www.fldoe.org/bsa/title1/parta.asp