Ed Tech Formula Grants Questions and Answers
1. When is the consolidated application due?
The No Child Left Behind Consolidated Application for all formula funds must be postmarked between July 1 and August 31, 2002. The competitive grant for Enhancing Education through Technology has not been finalized but should be ready in September.
2. How is the Title II D, Enhancing Education through Technology grant being handled in New York State? Will it be competitive?
Title II D has both a competitive and formula component. LEAs receiving Title I Part A funds will receive an allocation in proportion to their Title I A funding. To receive these monies an LEA must fill out the NCLB consolidated application. Competitive grants will be distributed to eligible LEAs via an RFP.
3. Who is eligible to receive Ed Tech formula grant funds?
The Formula grant funds will be distributed only to LEAs that receive funds under Part A of Title I or to other LEAs that apply as part of a consortium with districts that receive funds under Part A of Title I. The amount of funding an LEA receives is based on a proportionate share of funds under Part A of Title I for that year. Its allocation is posted on SED’s website
4. May an eligible LEA (i.e., an LEA that receives funds under Part A of Title I) apply for Ed Tech formula grant funds as part of a consortium with other entities?
Yes. An eligible LEA may apply for Ed Tech formula grant funds as part of a consortium that includes other LEAs, institutions of higher education, educational service agencies, libraries, or other educational entities.
5. If an eligible LEA applies for formula grant funds as part of a consortium, which entity serves as the fiscal agent?
Only an eligible LEA (in this case, school district) may serve as the fiscal agent for Ed Tech funds. However, an educational service agency that does not receive funds under Part A of Title I may receive Ed Tech formula grant funds if it applies for funding in consortium with an LEA that receives funds under Part A of Title I. In such instances, the LEA that receives Title I funds must agree to permit the educational service agency to act as the fiscal agent for the Ed Tech funds through consent form.
6. What other requirements must an LEA meet to receive Ed Tech Funds?
Each agency must have a current technology plan that is aligned to the state technology plan and NCLB-Ed Tech Program Guideline. Technology plans need to be submitted with the consolidated application. If you wish you may include the URLs for your current technology plan in your application.
7. Can an LEA receive Title II D competitive funds if it transfers Title II D formula funds to another category?
In Title II D Enhancing Education Through Technology – you are allowed to transfer only 50% of the funds to other programs. However, if you transfer any of the funding out of the formula grants to other programs, the LEA will loss its eligibility for competitive grant application.
8. Can an LEA get exempt for ist 25 percent of Title II D funds for Professional development as it can meet the basic requirement for professional development from Title II A funds?
No, you cannot. An LEA must spend minimum 25 percent of its Title II D funds on professional development. You may supplement it with other program funds such as Title I, Title II A, and etc. But you cannot supplant Title II D funds for professional development activities on technology integration with Title II A or other program funded activities.
9. Can funds be used to pay staff salaries?
One of the things money can be used for is staff salary if salaries pay for activities related to technology integration in curriculum and instruction. It also needs to be articulated in the context of the educational program to be engaged in which professional staffing is necessary for successful program implementation.
10. Can Title II D funds be used to purchase equipment if the 25 percent for PD is met?
Yes. An LEA may use title II D funds to purchase equipment to address access issue. But, it has to be a part of the planned educational technology program guided by the NCLB – EETT legislation. It has to be a part of the integral strategies to achieve the stated goals of the program which has to be based on research and proven successful program model and aligned with the EETT goals and purposes.
11. If the district is not applying for Ed Tech formula funds must they still submit a revised technology plan?
If a district is not applying for Ed Tech formula funds they do not have to submit a revised technology plan. But an updated technology plan is still required for competitive grants, e-rate as well as various State Aid and BOCES COSER programs.
12. If an LEA is not applying for their Title II D formula grant but a non-public school in the district is, must the LEA fill out the application for Title II D?
No, the LEA does not have to fill out the application however they will need to work with the non-public school in filling out the Private School Participation Form. The non-public school will need to file their application requesting the monies.
13. Are charter schools and private schools required to submit Technology plans with their application to receive Title II D Funds?
Charter schools must submit a technology plan as Charter schools are eligible LEAs in directly applying for Title II D funds while private schools do not have to submit a technology plan as it has to claim its funds through their LEAs.
14. If LEAs are applying as part of a consortium must each individual LEA submit a technology plan?
Yes, each individual LEA must submit a technology plan.