Federal Programs for Non-Public Schools
Title I, Part A /Nonpublic
Programs are designed to improve opportunities for educationally-deprived children and to help them meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts and mathematics. Eligibility is based on student’s residence in a district’s Title I ‘attendance area’ and her/his achievement level.
The Intermediate Unit has contracts with the Bensalem, Bristol Township, Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, Morrisville Neshaminy, Pennridge, Pennsbury and Quakertown School Districts to provide required remedial reading to eligible students in nonpublic schools in these districts. Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell coordinates this program. For more information, click here.
Other districts in the county may be providing these services directly to nonpublic schools in their areas. Contact the district offices directly for information.
Title I, Neglected & Delinquent
Provides assistance to programs that operate educational programs for children and youth in institutions or community day programs for Neglected or Delinquent children. The purpose is to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school, to complete high school or make progress toward a GED, training or employment program, and to make successful transitions from programs in an institution to further schooling and employment. The BCIU collaborates with a number of local institutions and community day programs for neglected and/or delinquent children and youth for supplementary programs in reading, mathematics, and GED tutoring. Mr. Ron Rolon coordinates this program.
Title II, Part A - Improving Teacher Quality
Federal Funding supports staff development training for teachers to advance their skills in mathematics and science instruction. A consortium of public school districts and nonpublic schools participate in this project. Dr. Lindsey Sides coordinates this program.
For additional information on Title IIa Collaborative activities, click here.
Title II, Part D - Educational Technology
Provides funds for developing student-centered technology programs in nonpublic schools. Focus in recent years has been on use of hand-held computers, digital microscopes, and the integration of technology across the curriculum. Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell coordinates this program.
NB: TITLE II-D has been a competitive grant for the past several years; the BCIU has no funding to administer this program to nonpublic schools.
IDEA Equitable Participation
Click here for complete information.
COMPLAINT PROCEDURES FOR BCIU PROGRAMS
THAT ARE FUNDED BY THE ESEA / NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
Title I Nonpublic, Title I Neglected & Delinquent, Title II-A, Title III, Title IV, Professional Development
o When discussion is needed to resolve allegations of violations of NCLB requirements, building administrators//parents would initially address the concerns with the appropriate Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22 [BCIU] Coordinator of the program. For programs that are offered in school buildings, parents are encouraged to first address the concern directly with the teacher involved. If this discussion does not result in resolution of the concern, the next step would involve discussion with the building principal. If this discussion does not result in resolution of the concern, the next step would involve discussion with the appropriate BCIU program administrator:
For Title I N&D and Title I Nonpublic programs, the contact person is Mr. Ron Rolon.
For Title I Nonpublic programs: if this discussion with the BCIU Director of Nonpublic Programs does not result in resolution of the concern, parents/administrators may also contact the Title I Coordinator of the district that funds the service.
If this discussion with the district Title I Coordinator does not result in resolution of the concern, parents/administrators may contact the Superintendent of that school district.
For a list of the school district Title I Coordinators and Superintendents, click here: School District Contacts
For Title IIA programs, the contact person is Lindsey Sides.
For Title III programs, the contact is Dr. Michael Masko.
o If this discussion does not result in resolution of the concern, the next step would involve discussion between the administrator, the BCIU coordinator, and the BCIU Assistant Executive Director for Educational Services, Mr. Mark Hoffman.
o If the complainant is still dissatisfied, the next step would involve contact with the BCIU Executive Director, Dr. Barry Galasso.
o If the complaint is not resolved through these steps, the complainant would be requested to place his/her statement in writing to the Executive Director. The statement would include:
• A statement that the BCIU has violated a requirement of a federal statute or regulations which apply to programs under the NCLB Act
• The facts upon which the statement is based
• Information on any discussions, meetings, or correspondence regarding the complaint
Additional meetings would take place as needed through the BCIU chain of command up to the Board of Directors until the resolution of a complaint is completed
IF all avenues above have been exhausted, complainant would be informed of his/her right to appeal the BCIU resolution of the complaint to PDE, addressed as follows:
Ms. Cindy Rhoads
Division of Federal Programs
PA Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333