Title IV, Part A - Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program in Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is no longer funded.  The SDFSC provided state and local education agencies with supplemental funding to develop and enhance education programs targeting violence prevention and drug prevention for students and employees in elementary and secondary schools.

Gun-Free Schools Act under SDFSC  

However, the Title IV, Part A, Subpart 3 Gun-Free Schools Act remains a requirement.  The Gun-Free Schools Act requires states receiving NCLB funds (under any of the programs) to have a state law in effect requiring local education agencies to expel any student who is determined to have bought a firearm to school or possessed a firearm at school, for a period of no less than one year.  Local education agencies must annually report any expulsion in order to receive NCLB funds.


Policy Guidance (PDF, 163 KB)  

Resources on Topics Related to SDFSC such as Bullying and Drug Abuse