Title II, Part A - Private Schools Program Equitable Services
Title II, Part A is a program that ensures private schools receive equitable services in comparison to those provided to public schools. This includes providing private school teachers, principals, and other educational personnel with the same educational services as their public school counterparts. This program was established under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and was strengthened and enhanced by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Educational services provided under this program must be secular, neutral, and non-ideological and private school officials must be consulted in a timely and meaningful manner. Additionally, the expenditures for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel must be equal to those for public school children.
Purpose of Title II, Part a: Provide supplemental activities that strengthen the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Activities funded with Title IIA, must meet the purpose of Title IIA, which is to:
- Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging state academic standards
- Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
- Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders
- Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders
Professional development services must meet the definition of “professional development” in ESEA section 8101 (42). Services must be high quality, sustained, evidence based and focus on improving teaching and student learning and achievement. The activity must be
1) Part of the strategies for providing educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable children to succeed in a well-rounded education, and
2) Sustained (not stand alone 1-day or short-term workshop): must be part of a larger PD plan for the school, intensive, collaborative, job embedded, data driven, and classroom focused. Students may not receive services with Title II, A funds.
Equitable Services for Eligible Private School Children, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel
Non-Regulatory Guidance (US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants - ESEA Title II, Part a - Non-regulatory Guidance
Title IX, Part E: Uniform Provisions - Subpart 1-Private Schools