Federal Education Programs
Under regulations of the U.S. Department of Education, Catholic schools may receive services provided by federally funded education programs. Schools in the Archdiocese generally participate in one or more programs authorized by the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). These programs provide eligible students and faculty with the following:
- supplemental education for students in reading and mathematics;
- professional development for teachers, counselors, administrators, and other professional and auxiliary staff;
- services for English language learners.
Federal education funds are provided to local public school districts or Federal contractors, that manage the funds and provide services to those in Catholic schools. Participation and use of funds is determined by Federal and state laws and regulations, and there are specific restrictions that apply in Missouri to private and religious schools.
Students attending Catholic schools who have specific diagnosed disabilities are also eligible to receive services under the current version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Federal funds are provided to local public school districts to identify, evaluate, and diagnosis certain categories of disabilities in school-age children, and to provide services to them. Participation in this program also follows Federal and state laws and regulations.
Representatives of individual Catholic schools, as well as the Catholic Education Center, participate in consultation with state and local public schools officials. This consultation is required by Federal law, and is intended to insure that eligible students and faculty receive benefits and services from these program.
For additional information contact:
Mrs. Mary Chrapek
Director of Government Programs
Catholic Education Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis MO 63119