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Mr. Chairman:

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.

This assistance

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

of Education.

The regulation in the Federal Register dated December 5, 1975 states:

G.

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

regulations.

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
Assistant Superintendent
Special Services

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P.L. 81-874

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
be eliminated or diminished due to the adoption of the new formula for
distribution of assistance under such title adopted by P.L. 93-380; or

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To provide Title I type programs in areas which are eligible for
Title I assistance but which have not received such assistance; or

Programs specified in the preceding subparagraph are fully provided, therefore funds will be used

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2.

To provide Title I type programs in other area of such agency for
educationally deprived children.

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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

Date Signed

B.

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

Date Signed

2.

Name and Title SAFA Auth. Rep. (SEA). Signature of SAFA Auth. Rep. (SEA)

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P.L. 81-874

III-A

ATTENDANCE AREAS AND NUMBER OF CHILDREN EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE AT
SCHOOLS WHERE P.L. 81-874 (TITLE I ACTIVITIES) WILL BE LOCATED

Regular Summer School

TOTAL NUMBER ESTIMATED NO. OF CHILDREN
NAME OF PARTICIPAIING

OF CHILDREN WIIO WILL PARTICIPATE IN

GRADE ENROLLED IN ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOLS LISTED
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SPAN EACH SCHOOL

IN COL. (1)
LISTED IN FROM PUBLIC FROM PRIVATE TOTAL OF

COL. (1) SCHOOLS SCHOOLS COLS. 4&5 (1)

(2)

(3)
(4)

(5) (6)

TOTAL

Effective July 20, 1976

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