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I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today on PL 81-874 Low
Rent Public Housing. For some time, the Montgomery Public School
System has anticipated Federal assistance for children who are enrolled
in the public schools and live in public housing.
became a reality for the school year 1975-76.
It seemed that much
confusion existed as to the Public Housing portion of the law and how
it would be administered.
According to the interpretation of the existing Public Housing regula
tions, the State Department of Education must approve the method of
expenditure for PL 874 Public Housing funds. This is true in most
cases; and in our situation, it requires an approved application.
Enclosed is a copy of the application which the Montgomery Public
School System must complete and send to the State Education Agency
for approval. The State Education Agency must notify the Office of
Education that the method of expending the PL 874 Public Housing funds
for this local school system has been approved by the State Department
The regulation in the Federal Register dated December 5, 1975 states:
Low-rent public housing. Proposed section 115.29 sets forth require
ments to ensure that payments under Pub. L. 81-874 based on the number
of children residing on, or residing with a parent employed on, low
rent public housing, as determined under section 5(e) of such Act, are
used for special programs and projects designed to meet the special
educational needs of educationally deprived children from low income
families, as required under such section.
It is the recommendation of the Montgomery Public School System that
PL 874 Low-Rent Public Housing funds be approved in the same manner as
other PL 874 funds. If this is not possible, it is the suggestion that
Public Housing funds be administered from the Office of Education in the
same manner as special education.
The handicapped section of PL 874 is working; and it would be most help
ful if the Public Housing portion could function according to the same
The Montgomery Public School System is most appreciative of low-rent
public housing funds.
Since we have in excess of 3,000 low-rent public
housing students, these funds are sorely needed by the Montgomery Public
Schools. It is the urgent desire of this system for these students to
be funded at a higher level, perhaps as B Civilians, which is 57% in
Tier I and II.
It is the further recommendation of this school system
and our Alabama State Department of Education that the State Department
be eliminated from the approval and supervision of the local public
school low-rent housing program,
Mr. Chairman, I thank you and the members of this committee for your
interest in and understanding of the educational needs of this nation.
I appreciate the opportunity of presenting these views to you.
Thomas A. Bobo
SECTION I - STATISTICAL INFORMATION
SUPPLEMENT TO THE P.L. 81-874 SCHOOL ASSISTANCE IN FEDERALLY AFFECTED AREAS
INFORMATION NEEDED PRIOR TO PAYMENT OF LOW-RENT HOUSING ENTITLEMENT
Legal name and location of school district (City and State)
FY of Application
Application No. Assigned by OE
I. PROGRAM PRIORITIES
Payments received under this application and attributable to children from lowrent housing will be expended, as indicated, in the following order of priority: A.1. To continue and to augment programs assisted under Title I of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 which would otherwise
To provide Title I type programs in areas which are eligible for
Programs specified in the preceding subparagraph are fully provided, therefore funds will be used
To provide Title I type programs in other area of such agency for
I certify that the program requested is a Title I or Title I type program and that funds provided therefore will be used and accounted for in accordance with regulations prescribed for P.L. 81-874. Recommend Approval:
P.L. 81-874 Auth. Rep. for District
Signature of Auth. Rep. for District
State Approval and Certification
1. Approval is granted and the approved program proposal is retained in
the appropriate SEA files.
Name and Title ESEA Title I Official
Signature ESEA Title I Official
Name and Title SAFA Auth. Rep. (SEA). Signature of SAFA Auth. Rep. (SEA)
ATTENDANCE AREAS AND NUMBER OF CHILDREN EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE AT
Regular Summer School
TOTAL NUMBER ESTIMATED NO. OF CHILDREN
OF CHILDREN WIIO WILL PARTICIPATE IN
GRADE ENROLLED IN ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOLS LISTED
IN COL. (1)
COL. (1) SCHOOLS SCHOOLS COLS. 4&5 (1)
Effective July 20, 1976