The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to rural districts to assist them in meeting their state's definition of adequate yearly progress (AYP). Applicants do not compete but rather are entitled to funds if they meet basic eligibility requirements. Eligibility is restricted by statute.
Awards are issued annually to state education agencies (SEAs), which make subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs) that meet the applicable requirements. Awards are made to all SEAs that apply and meet the applicable requirements of the act. If an SEA does not participate, awards are issued by the department to eligible LEAs in the state either competitively or by formula.
Types of Projects
Recipients may use program funds to conduct the following activities:
Teacher recruitment and retention
Teacher professional development
Support for educational technology
Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
Activities to improve basic programs operated by LEAs
Activities authorized under Title III, language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students.