Laws & Regulations — Federal & State
The content below is designed to highlight several of the key statutes that govern Title I, Part A and the Learning Assistance Program. Not every federal and state law related to these programs is detailed or outlined here. Instead, we focus on several specific areas of law and regulation that address compliance — areas of administrative and legislative law with which many districts struggle.
District & School Improvement Law, Regulation & Guidance
Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) supports equal access to
education, and establishes standards for state, district and school
performance and accountability. The ESEA also authorizes and funds
education programs, which the states administer. Title I, Part A is one
of these federal education programs. Districts and schools use this
supplemental funding to serve the unique needs of children —
kindergarten to grade 12 — who struggle to learn.
Laws, Regulations & Guidance
- EDGAR — Education Dept. General Administrative Regulations & Other Applicable Grant Regulations
Part 80 (Administrative Requirements for Grants) and Part 76 (State-administered Programs) are two important components of EDGAR that frame the way districts and schools design Title I, Part A programs.
- Schoolwide Programs are designed “to upgrade the entire educational program of a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families.”
- Targeted Assistance Programs are designed “to provide services to eligible children identified as having the greatest need for special assistance.”
- Highly qualified teachers — Principal Attestations
- Title I, Part A Guidance — compiles Title I, Part A guidance on the U.S. Department of Education site
Code of Federal Regulations — Key Areas of Administrative Law
34 CFR 200.41 through 43
Federal regulations that govern school improvement, corrective action and restructuring
34 CFR 200.44 and 45
Federal regulations that govern public school choice and supplemental education services
OMB A-87 Revised
Here are the principles and standards that determine how to expend federal award money — grants, cost reimbursement contracts, and other agreements with state and local governments and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments.
OMB A-87 Revised | Basic Guidelines | Direct Costs | Indirect Costs
Here are 6 key areas of administrative law —Code of Federal Regulations — that
govern how districts and private school staff work together to deliver programs
34 CFR 200.10 through 200.67
- State Assessment
- District Responsibilities
- Determine Equitable Participation
- Funds to Not Benefit Private Schools
- Property, Equipment & Supplies
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on ED.gov
ESEA index│ Private school sections
Office of Non-Public Education — Liaison to the nonpublic school community
Uniform Provisions (PDF): Title IX, Part E Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, revised March 2009 is the non-regulatory guidance that covers:
Title I, Part A
Title IV — Carl D. Perkins
The K-12 system is structured and governed by Washington’s
Basic Education Act – an
extensive series of laws and regulations. Procedure and process — for schools and districts — are defined in the
Washington Administrative Code
The Basic Education Act details “an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives.”
The legislature continues to refine this program of basic education and its
Learning Assistance Program (LAP) programs serve eligible students who need intensive academic support for reading, writing and math, or the readiness to learn these core subjects. With special emphasis on the early grades, schools use their state LAP funds to design programs that give these students the strong start they need for academic success.
Changes to LAP Legislation
This year, the state legislature made substantial changes to the law that created the Learning Assistance Program. These modifications mean that districts must follow new requirements that impact the application process, administration and programming.
2013 Changes to LAP Program | Bulletin 040-13