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Rural and Low-Income School Program


Sponsored by US Department of Education

Contact:Eric Schulz, Acting Group Leader
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW Rm. 3E307 LBJ
Washington, DC 20202

Phone: 202.401.0039
Description:The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to rural districts to assist them in meeting their state's definition of adequate yearly progress. Applicants do not compete, but rather are entitled to, funds if they meet basic eligibility requirements. Eligibility is restricted by statute. Awards are issued annually to state educational agencies (SEAs), which make sub-grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that meet the applicable requirements. Awards are made to all SEAs that apply and meet the applicable requirements of the act. If an SEA does not participate, the Department issues awards to eligible LEAs in the state either competitively or by formula.

Recipients may use program funds to conduct the following activities:
Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives.
Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to use technology to improve teaching and that train teachers of students with special needs.
Support for educational technology, including software and hardware, that meets the requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title II, Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology).
Parental involvement activities.
Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities: State Grants program.
Activities authorized under ESEA, Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs).
Activities authorized under ESEA, Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students).
Eligibility:Public, Charter
Award(s):Awards are made to SEAs on a formula basis.
Deadline(s):Applications from SEAs are accepted year-round. SEAs establish their deadlines and LEAs apply to their SEA for funding.
Focus:After School, Assessment, At Risk, Early Childhood, ELL/ESL/Bilingual, Family/Social Services, General Education, Homeless, Interning/Mentoring, Library/Media, Literacy, PreK-12, Migrant, Native/Tribal American, Professional Development, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Special Needs, Technology, Underserved Populations
Grade Level(s):6-8, 3-5, K-2, PreK, 9-12
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Reading/English/Language Arts, Science
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