The Categorical Programs Office has approached this year of planning and support to the district and school sites through the lens of “All Hands on Deck for Student Success.” Our goal is to provide tools that will better equip the district and school sites for action, by keeping you current on the latest state and federal mandates that will allow you to navigate through the changing waters of education funding, programmatic restructuring, and their impact on student success for the most educationally at-risk students. The No Child Left Behind Act changed the landscape of Title I, adding more requirements, demanding greater accountability, and establishing more prescriptive regulations and government guidance.
During the week of October 28, 2013 – November 1, 2013, the Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) participated in Federal Program Monitoring (FPM). FPM is the process used by the California Department of Education (CDE) to monitor legal program requirements, and make an overall determination of whether the Local Educational Agency (LEA) is meeting statutory program and fiscal requirements for categorical programs. Six schools were selected (Bemis Elementary; Jehue and Kolb Middle Schools; Carter, Eisenhower, and Rialto High Schools) to participate in the review of seven (7) district and site level programs were monitored (Career Technical Education, Compensatory Education, Education Equity, English Learners, Fiscal Monitoring, Improving Teacher Quality, and Uniform Complaint Procedure). Compensatory Education and English Learners were the only two areas that had minimal findings, and we are proud to report that five areas had no program findings. There were a total of 89 items reviewed and 1,097 documents uploaded by the RUSD Team Leads.