- Cama-i, quyana tailuci!
- (Central Yup’ik)
- "Greetings, thank you for coming!"
Equitable Services for Private School Students and Teachers
ESEA requires districts to provide equitable services for eligible private school children, teachers and other educational personnel, and families. Equitable services are provided from applicable federal program funds in private schools that choose to participate in these services. Titles I and VIII of ESEA, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) outline the requirements for providing equitable services under these programs:
Title I, Part A – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I, Part C – Education of Migratory Children
Title II, Part A – Supporting Effective Instruction
Title III, Part A – Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Title IV, Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Districts must consult with private school officials during the design and development of the district's plan for ESEA federal program funds. The consultation shall occur before a district makes any decision that affects the opportunities of eligible private school children, teachers and other educational personnel, and families. District and private school officials should meet with the goal of "reaching agreement" on how to provide equitable and effective services under the applicable programs. For more information on the requirements for the consultation process for private schools, see "ESSA Overview of Consultation and Benefits Available Private School Process". [Sections 1117(b)(1)(A-L) and 8501-8506 of ESSA]
Private School Ombudsman
A Private School Ombudsman is identified in each state to help ensure the equity of services for private school children, teachers and other educational personnel, and families. The private school ombudsman serves as the department's primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from private school officials and from districts regarding the provision of equitable services under Titles I and VIII of ESSA. The ombudsman will communicate with private school officials to inform them of the opportunities to receive benefits under the federal programs of the ESEA. The ombudsman will also provide notice to private school officials of the allocations that districts have determined are available for private schools choosing to participate in benefits under one or more of the ESEA programs.
Notice of Allocations and Proportionate Share for Private Schools
Proportionate shares of district allocations made available for participating private school students, teachers, and families are provided for each year. For more information on participation of private schools and the calculations of the proportionate shares for equitable services are available in the public version of each district's ESEA Consolidated Application for the applicable school year. The approved applications are found in the online Grants Management System. To find a district, search for "organizations", then search for the applicable year, and the ESEA Consolidated application.
- Overview of Private School Consultation and Equitable Services Benefits (docx)
- Alaska Private School Ombudsman: Role and Responsibilities (docx)
- Sample Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with Private School Officials (docx)
- Sample Private School Consultation Timeline (docx)
- Private School Plan Template - Sample for all ESEA Programs (docx)
- Complaint Form for Private School Equitable Services (pdf)
U.S. Department of Education Private School Guidance
Crosswalk (pdf) Between Draft Title I Providing Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Children, Teachers, and Families Non-Regulatory Guidance and Prior Non-Regulatory Guidance
The following guidance documents are based on ESEA as it was authorized under NCLB. Some provisions have been updated by ESSA. Other provisions not changed by ESSA are still applicable.
- Title III, Part A Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance, July 2015 (pdf)
- Equitable Services to Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel, Non-Regulatory Guidance, March 2009 (docx)
- Title I Services to Private School Children, Non-Regulatory Guidance, October 17, 2003 (docx)
- Private School Ombudsman
- (907) 465-8141
- Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
- P.O. Box 110500
- Juneau, AK 99811-0500