The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) assists eligible LEAs in addressing local academic needs more effectively by giving them greater flexibility in the use of limited federal resources. Programs under subparts 1 and 2 are designed to address the unique needs of rural school districts that frequently (1) lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for federal competitive grants; and (2) receive formula allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
Subpart 1 - Small, Rural School Achievement Program
The Small, Rural School Achievement Program (SRSA) helps rural LEAs use federal resources more effectively to improve the quality of instruction and increase student academic achievement.
Eligible LEAs are identified in one of two ways: (1) the LEA's total number of students in average daily attendance is less than 600, or (2) each county where the LEA administers a school has a total population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile. Additionally, the LEA-served campuses must be designated with a School Locale Code of 7 or 8 as determined by the United State Department of Education's National Center for Educational Statistics.
Subpart 2 - Rural and Low-Income School Program
The Rural and Low-Income School Program (RLIS) is a formula grant that provides financial assistance to rural districts to meet local academic needs. RLIS funds a variety of activities including teacher recruitment and professional development, support for educational technology, parental involvement activities, and more.
Eligible LEAs are (1) those where 20 percent or more of children served ages 5 through 17 years are from families with incomes below the poverty line and (2) designated with a School Locale Code of 6, 7, or 8, as determined by the United State Department of Education's National Center for Educational Statistics. Note: RLIS funds are available only to LEAs that do not qualify for SRSA funds.