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Action Items - Intermediate Unit - 1.

Title: Authorization of IDEA, Part B Sub-award Agreements with Various Charter Schools – Special Education Services ($13,000,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education, acting in its capacity as Board of Directors of Philadelphia Intermediate Unit No. 26 (IU 26), authorize IU 26, through the Executive Director or his designee, to execute and perform sub-award agreements with eligible Philadelphia charter schools, subject to funding, as follows:

With:  Ad Prima Charter School, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, Alliance For Progress Charter School, Architecture and Design Charter School (CHAD), Aspira Charter School at Olney, Aspira Charter School at Stetson, Belmont Charter School, Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, Russell Byers Charter School, Christopher Columbus Charter School, Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School, Eugenio Maria De HostosCharter School, Deep Roots Charter School, Discovery Charter School, Esperanza Academy Charter School, First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS), Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School, Franklin Towne Charter High School, Freire Charter School, Global Leadership Academy at Huey, Green Woods Charter School, Global Leadership Academy Charter School, Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, Imhotep Institute Charter High School, Independence Charter School West, Independence Charter School, Inquiry Charter School, Keystone Academy Charter School, KIPP DuBois Charter School, KIPP North Philadelphia Charter School, KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School, KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages, Lindley Academy Charter at Birney, Maritime Academy Charter School (MACHS), MAST III Charter School, Mastery Charter at Cleveland, Mastery Charter at Clymer, Mastery Charter at Frederick Douglass, Mastery Charter at Gratz, Mastery Charter at Hardy Williams, Mastery Charter at Lenfest, Mastery Charter at Harrity, Mastery Charter at Mann, Mastery Charter at Pastorius, Mastery Charter at Pickett, Mastery Charter at Shoemaker, Mastery Charter at Smedley, Mastery Charter at Thomas, Mastery Charter at Wister, Mastery Prep Elementary Charter School, Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School II, Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School, Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones, Multicultural Academy Charter School, New Foundations Charter School, Northwood Academy Charter School, Pan American Academy Charter School, Pantoja, Antonia Charter School, People for People Charter School, Philadelphia Academy Charter School, Philadelphia Charter School for the Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter School, Philadelphia Hebrew Charter, Philadelphia Montessori Charter School, Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Careers, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, Tacony Academy Charter School, TECH Freire Charter School, Universal Charter Alcorn, Universal Charter Audenried, Universal Charter Bluford, Universal Charter Creighton, Universal Charter Daroff, Universal Charter Institute, Universal Charter Vare, West Oak Lane Charter School, West Philadelphia Achievement Charter School, Wissahickon Charter School, Young Scholars Charter School, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School  and other eligible Charter schools approved and licensed by The School District of Philadelphia School Reform Commission and/or Board of Education.

Purpose: The distribution of IDEA Part B funds by the Philadelphia Intermediate Unit No. 26 (IU 26) to Philadelphia charter schools to supplement the provision of special education and related services for students with disabilities attending those charter schools.


Start Date: 7/1/2020


End Date: 6/30/2021


Compensation not to exceed: $13,000,000


Location(s): Philadelphia charter  schools as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for IDEA Fund Allocation


Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B is a federal program which provides grant funds on a formula basis to states and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to support the education of children with disabilities. The amount of IDEA, Part B funds that an LEA receives is calculated according to a rate based on the number of special education students the LEA reported as having compliant IEPs on December 1st of the previous year.  After PDE approves and finalizes the IDEA Part B allocation amounts for each LEA, the funds are given to the 29 Pennsylvania Intermediate Units (IUs) for distribution to the LEAs located within their jurisdictions. Charter schools are considered LEAs, and IUs must distribute or "pass-through" these allocated Part B funds to all eligible charter schools that have students with disabilities located within their boundaries. This action item is to request authorization for IU 26 to pass through the PDE approved IDEA, Part B funds allocated to each eligible charter school within the IU 26 jurisdiction, and enter into sub-award agreements with these charter schools to ensure that these funds are used to supplement the education of students with disabilities in compliance with IDEA.


Anchor Goal(s) Supported:  Anchor Goal 1 – 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career; Anchor Goal 2 – 100% of 8-year olds will read on or above grade level


Funding Source(s):  FY21 IDEA


Office Originating Request: Academic Support

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support