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Summary of the Provisions of Title V

of the ESEA-No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


Promoting Informed Parental Choice and Innovative Programs

Part A -- Innovative Programs
Part B -- Public Charter Schools
Part C -- Magnet Schools Assistance
Part D -- Fund for the Improvement of Education


Summary of Title V
Title V provides for increased public school choice opportunities by amending previous grant programs supportive of the voluntary provisions of school choice. Title V includes education block grants, charter schools, magnet schools, and the fund for the improvement of education, which provides authority for 21 specific program-like activities. There are four parts in Title V: Part A-Innovative Programs, Part B-Public Charter Schools, Part C-Magnet Schools Assistance, and Part D-Fund for the Improvement of Education.

Part A -- Innovative Programs

Please Note: Title V is no longer funded (as of 2008)

Continues innovative program formula grants to state education agencies (DPI) to support local education reform (informally referred to as the "Education Block Grant"). DPI, in turn, allocates money to local education agencies based on a formula allocation. Program purposes include support of educational reform, implementation of reform and improvement programs based on scientifically based research, support of educational innovation and improvement, assistance to meet the educational needs of all students, and assistance to improve educational performance.

New local allowable activities include, among other things: professional development and class-size reduction activities; charter schools; community service programs; consumer, economic, and personal finance education; public school choice; programs to hire and support school nurses; school-based mental health services; alternative education programs; prekindergarten programs; academic intervention programs; programs for CPR training in schools; smaller learning communities programs; activities to advance student achievement; programs and activities that use best practice models; same-gender schools and classrooms' service-learning activities; school safety programs; programs that use research-based cognitive and perceptual development approaches and rely on a "diagnostic-prescriptive modes" to improve students' learning; Title I supplemental educational services; magnet schools; dropout prevention; gifted and talented education; and parental and community involvement. Adds a requirement that local applications include assurances that programs, services, and activities will be evaluated annually.

Part B -- Public Charter Schools

  • Subpart 1 -- Charter Schools authorizes grants to support, both: (a) the planning, design and initial implementation of charter schools; and (b) the dissemination of information and successful practices related to charter schools. The law also authorizes a new per pupil aid program to assist charter schools with their facilities costs.
  • Subpart 2 -- Credit Enhancement Initiatives authorizes grants for innovative credit enhancement initiatives to help charter schools with the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities.
  • Subpart 3 -- Voluntary Public School Choice authorizes grants to establish or expand programs that provide students and parents with greater public school choice.

DPI applies for competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and local education agencies apply for competitive grant from DPI.

Program contact:

Part B, Subpart 1-Charter Schools:

Elisabeth Geraghty
Charter School Consultant

Latoya Holiday
Charter School Consultant

Part B, Subpart 2 -- Credit Enhancement Initiatives: DPI not currently involved
Part B, Subpart 3 -- Voluntary Public School Choice: DPI not currently involved

A link to more information on Subpart 1 can be found at:

Part C -- Magnet Schools Assistance
Competitive grants that assist in the desegregation of elementary and secondary schools for the: elimination, reduction, or prevention of minority group isolation; development and implementation of magnet school programs that will assist local educational agencies in achieving systemic reforms and providing all students the opportunity to meet challenging state academic content standards; and for the development and design of innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity, increase choices, and provide courses of instruction that will substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic, technological and career skills.

Applicants must show a strong connection between their desegregation plan and increasing student achievement.

Competitive grants administered by ED.

Program contact:
This program is administered directly by ED. The federal contact is Sandra Brown,, Fax (202) 205-5630, Telephone (202) 260-2638. A direct link to USDE regarding this Part is:

Part D -- Fund for the Improvement of Education
Continues support of the Fund for the Improvement of Education to carry out 21 nationally significant programs to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education at the state and local levels directly or through grants or contracts with state or local agencies.

Competitive grants covering 21 programs. DPI and local education agencies apply directly to USDE.

Updates list of activities that are specifically authorized. Specifies that applicants must establish clear objectives, based on scientifically based research, for their proposed programs and describe how they will meet those objectives. Adds specific evaluation requirements for each award recipient.

Program contact:
This Part is administered directly by ED. The web site is