Bette Morff, MCPSA’s Director of Federal Programs, provides individualized federal programs assistance.
Each member school will receive federal program services in the form of reminder emails, phone calls, and the dissemination of critical information and deadlines with general guidance for every charter public school. In addition, Bette will continue to review a school’s submitted applications for any glaring issues and be in communication with a school if areas of concern exist. The time required to review a school’s federal program issues may vary depending upon the availability of data and the needs of the school.
For individualized member school consulting and/or assistance is available free of charge. For non-member charter schools Bette’s federal program assistance is available at a rate of $150 per hour.
The following is a list of services available through MCPSA’s Federal Programs Assistance:
Federal Program Workshops
ESEA Tiered Monitoring Checklists:
- Provide guidance on documentation required to be submitted.
- Review for compliance with state and federal statutes
- Make recommendations for improvement in areas of non-compliance and assist with the implementation of improvements
Dissemination of Parent Notification Letters -- Assist schools in compliance with required letters/notifications:
- Federal Programs Complaint Resolution Procedures
- Professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to their child.
- Notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not appropriately certified.
- Within 30 days after the beginning of the school year, a LEA must inform parents/guardians that their LEP child has been identified for participation in a language instruction educational program.
- Parents/guardians of students enrolled in a persistently dangerous school or students who are victims of violent criminal offense while on school property must be notified of their option to transfer their student to a school that is not designated persistently dangerous.
ESEA Compliance Plans
- Primary work is to ensure that the appropriate plans have been submitted. Additional assistance can be requested in plan development.
ePeGS Funding Applications
- Review available funds, assist LEAs in planning activities and advising LEAs regarding allowable uses of federal funds.
- Assist LEA with Title I Breakdown of Allocation (BOA) data.
- Assist with proper coding of budget items and ensure that budget items are included in the ePeGS planning tool.
- Assist LEAs with the submission of the budget applications and amendments
- Payment process assistance
- 9/30 Report and Waiver Request assistance
- Final Expenditure Reporting assistance
Review Fiscal Requirements
- Review Compliance with Maintenance of Effort Requirement
- Review Comparability Requirements for LEAs with schools with overlapping grade spans
- Supplement Not Supplant Requirements
- Uniform Grant Guidance Requirements
MOSIS Data Collection and Reporting
- Assist LEAs in developing processes to collect and report data accurately and by deadlines
Appropriately Certified Teacher Requirements
- Review Educator Reports -- check for use of appropriate course codes, enrollment or caseloads, program funding source, and delivery systems; check minutes to see if they correspond to FTE (full time equivalency); and check certification or qualifications of staff.
- Provide schools with the result of the review and suggested changes.
- Follow up review after the school have made the suggested changes.
Provide Staff Development/Training
- Federal Program Requirements – Understanding the flexibilities available under the ESEA laws
- Financial Management – Putting Internal Control Processes into Place; Designing Processes to Eliminate Audit Findings; Developing feasible corrective action plans for any audit findings
- Federal Guidelines and Uniform Grant Guidance