Educational Opportunity and Equity Division


Preliminary Title I Part A Allocations

Friday, April 2, 2010, 9:46 am

Preliminary Title I Part A allocations have been posted on the OPI web site under Programs, then Federal Programs.  Final allocations are not expected until June but are not expected to change significantly.  Here is the direct link:

http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/federal/index.html#gpm1_2

The allocations for all Montana districts with less than 20,000 persons in total population according to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau update were produced using the alternative formula based on free/reduced price meal data (as approved by the U.S. Department of Education).

The allocations for the Montana districts with 20,000 or more persons in total population were produced using the standard federal formula which utilizes U.S. Census Bureau poverty data.  These allocations were not affected by the use of the alternative formula used for smaller districts.  The larger district set includes two legal entity districts in each of the following systems:  Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula.

The total preliminary allocation to Montana for 2010-2011 is $425,476 less than the final 2009-2010 allocation for Montana.  The alternative formula uses actual low-income data from October 2009 approved free/reduced price meal applications and provides a more equitable distribution to all districts with low-income children.  The U.S. Census Bureau poverty counts are not accurate for districts with under 20,000 persons and that is why the use of alternative data is allowed.

By using the alternative formula, more small districts receive a Title I Part A allocation than has been the case in previous years.  Some districts receive more and some less than with the standard formula, but the distribution allows districts with poverty children missed or undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau to receive the assistance rightfully due them.

If you have questions, you may call or email the following OPI staff:

Jack O'Connor, 444-3083, JO'Connor2@mt.gov

Terry Teichrow, 444-2036, tteichrow@mt.gov

BJ Granbery, 444-4420, bgranbery@mt.gov

For more information, contact BJ Granbery, 444-4420