Districts in the State of California are required to submit a Consolidated Application (ConApp) for specified federally funded programs. The application is submitted online through a web-based Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS). The application is completed in multiple parts: spring (June) and winter (February). The ConApp spring report identifies the programs for which the district is requesting funding and school boards are required to approve the application for funding. The winter release of the application is submitted in February and contains the district’s entitlements for each funded program.
For the 2020-21 school year, the Santa Barbara Unified School District is applying for funds from the following categorical programs:
Title I, Part A, Basic Grant:
Its purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on the state content standards and assessments. The intent of the funding is to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students enrolled in the highest poverty schools.
Title II, Part A, Preparing, Training, Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals:
Improving Teacher Quality: It combines the former Title II Eisenhower Professional Development and Title VI Federal Class-Size Reduction into one program. The purpose of Title II is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts (1) improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities and (2) ensure all teachers are highly qualified.
Title III, Parts A and C, Language Instruction for LEP:
Purpose is to provide supplementary programs and services to limited-English-proficient (LEP) students (known as English learners in California) and to assist LEP students to acquire English and achieve grade-level and graduation standards.
Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment (21st Century Schools)
Purpose is to provide supplemental funds to ensure that students are provided with a well-rounded educational program, are supported in the areas of physical and mental health, and have access to effective technology.