In 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA, as amended) was signed into law, with the mandate to "close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind." Title I, Part D, of ESEA, as amended, also called The Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk, provides financial assistance to educational programs for youth in State-operated institutions or community day programs. The program also provides financial assistance to support school districts' programs involving collaboration with locally operated correctional facilities. Title I, Part D, is administered by the office of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, under the federal Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). John McLaughlin is the Federal Program Manager for the Title I, Part D, Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk Program. Get more information on what what changed in Title I, Part D, under ESEA, as amended.
The goals of Title I, Part D, are to: (1) improve educational services for these children so they have the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content and achievement standards; (2) provide them with services to successfully transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment; and (3) prevent youth who are at-risk from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts and children and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education. Read more about Title I, Part D.
Title I, Part D, provides funds for education programs in two ways. Under SEA programs (Title I, Part D, Subpart 1), States receive formula funds based on the number of children in State-operated institutions and per-pupil educational expenditures. Each State's allocation is generated by child counts in State juvenile institutions that provide at least 20 hours of instruction from nonfederal funds and adult correctional institutions that provide 15 hours of instruction a week. The SEA then makes subgrants to State agencies based on their proportional share of the State's adjusted enrollment count of neglected or delinquent children and youth. Under local agency programs (Title I, Part D, Subpart 2), the SEA awards subgrants to districts with high numbers or percentages of children and youth in locally operated juvenile correctional facilities, including facilities involved in community day programs. View the official Title I, Part D, statute.
With Title I, Part D, funds come certain requirements and responsibilities on behalf of the State agencies and districts that receive the funds. These agencies are required to: 1) meet the educational needs of children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, and at-risk, and assist in the transition of these students from correctional facilities to locally operated programs; 2) ensure that these students have the same opportunities to achieve as if they were in local schools in the State; 3) evaluate the program and disaggregate data on participation by gender, race, ethnicity, and age, not less than once every three years.