School districts who receive federal grant funds are required to provide equitable services for eligible PNP school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. The term “equitable services” refers to the process of providing students, teachers, staff, and families at eligible PNPs fair access to federally funded education programs and services, as appropriate. Services provided by the LEA for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school. Educational services or other benefits, including materials and equipment, provided under this section, shall be secular, neutral, and non-ideological. The process depends on a “timely and meaningful consultation” between ISD officials and officials of eligible PNP Schools.*
A Private Non-Profit (PNP) school may opt to participate in applicable programs if it meets the following specifications:
- The private school holds not-for-profit status. A home school is considered a private school if it has official nonprofit status (i.e. have a tax exempt identification number)
- The private school submits appropriate documents to determine eligibility, as requested
- The private school and/or its students (depending upon the program of interest) are located within the geographic jurisdiction of a local educational agency (LEA) that is eligible and receives funding. If the LEA does not receive funds for a specific program, it is not possible for the PNP to receive funds for that program
Under 34 CFR 77.1, the term “nonprofit” as applied to an agency, organization, or institution means it is owned and operated by one or more corporations or associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully benefit, any private shareholder or entity. If a church that operates a school meets the definition of nonprofit, the school does not need separate nonprofit status. (USDE Office of General Counsel).
Equitable services are provided to eligible Private Non-Profits Schools under the following federal ESSA Title programs:
- Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs for Educationally Disadvantaged Students
- Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
- Title III, Part A: English Learners (EL)
- Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
*Please note: Detailed information regarding ESSA Federal Program participation options for the following school year will be shared at our district's annual PNP meeting that is held each spring (April/May). If you have questions, please contact Catherine Eubanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.