This memo provides direction to agencies regarding data needed to meet federal Title I reporting requirements that affect federal funds allocated to local school districts. County agencies and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare are responsible for providing the DCFS will corrected data using the process indicated in this memo not later than September 29, 2004.
Overview of School District Reporting Requirements and Reporting Process
The federal Department of Education (DOE) provides states with annual Title 1 special education funds based in part on the number of children in foster homes at a point in time in a given year. DCFS submits an annual Title I Report to the federal DOE that is used by the Department of Public Instruction to allocate Title I funds to local school districts for meeting the educational needs of school-age children who were in out-of-home placement. Funds are allocated at approximately $1400 per child for the school districts indicated in the Title I report. This represents a significant source of funds for local schools to meet the educational needs of children who are in out-of-home care.
As part of the eWiSACWIS changes introduced with the June 26, 2004 Maintenance Release, an enhancement has been introduced to more reliably and accurately capture school district information. This included moving the school district code used for Title I from the Person Management window to the Out-of-Home Placement window and making the field required when a placement is entered into the system. However, because this data was not required previously and may not have represented the most current school district attended, the Division was not able to electronically convert existing data accurately. Given these conditions, the open cases in placement at the time of the June release were given a proxy school district code that needs to be updated in advance of the submission deadline to the state’s Department of Public Instruction in October 2004. The section below describes the correction process, state and county responsibilities in the correction process, and the timeline to implement the process.
School District Code Correction Responsibilities and Timeframes
The correct numerical code for the appropriate school district is to be entered into the blue highlighted column (Column J) for each child.
Completed worksheets are to be submitted by the above deadline to Sara Utzig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We very much appreciate your continuing efforts to use eWiSACWIS to ensure Title I resources are allocated to more effectively meet the educational needs of children who are in out-of-home care.