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Title VI-B, Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)
Purpose of the Rural Education Program (REAP)

The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) is designed to assist rural school districts in using Federal resources more effectively to improve the quality of instruction and student academic achievement. It consists of two separate programs – the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program and the Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program.

The SRSA program is a rural school initiative with two components –
  • REAP-Flex – the Alternative Use of Funds Authority

REAP-Flex provides eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) with greater flexibility in using the formula grant funds that they receive under certain State-administered Federal programs. This portion of the SRSA program is not a grant program and does not provide LEAs with funding.

  • The SRSA grant program

LEAs eligible to participate in REAP-Flex are also eligible for a grant under the SRSA grant program. The US Department of Education awards SRSA funds directly to eligible LEAs on a formula basis.

The RLIS program is an initiative that provides grant funds to rural LEAs that serve concentrations of children from low-income families. Under the RLIS program, the U.S. Department of Education awards funds by formula to State Education Agencies (SEAs) to provide subgrants to eligible LEAs to support a range of authorized activities to support student achievement in order to meet the State’s definition of adequate yearly progress.

An Local Educational Agency (LEA)  that is eligible to participate in the SRSA program may not receive funding under the RLIS program.

The accountability requirements regarding restrictions on expenditures of Title VI, Part B funds when the LEA did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) have been waived under Georgia’s Flexibility Waiver.

Georgia’s Flexibility Waiver allows districts that receive RLIS or SRSA funds to use those funds for any authorized purpose regardless of the LEA’s schools’ Priority, Focus, and /or Alert status. Just as in previous years, funds must be used for activities authorized under:

  • Title II, Part A (Teacher Quality);
  • Title II, Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology);
  • Title V, Part A (Innovative Programs - Parent Involvement activities);
  • Title IV, Part A (Safe and-Drug Free Schools and Communities);
  • Title I, Part A (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged);
  • Title III, Part A (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigration Students).

Mitchell County School System uses Title VI-B, REAP funds for needs identified under Georgia’s differentiated recognition, accountability, and support system, including supporting Title I Schools and extending Title I initiatives for students in Mitchell County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact Vickie Smith at 229-336-2156 ext. 1003 or via email at
Vickie_smith@mitchell.k12.ga.us