SUPPORTING SCHOOL REFORM BY LEVERAGING FEDERAL FUNDS IN A SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAM (September,2016)

Blending and braiding fundS UNDER SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAM

Section 1008 of Title I, Part of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) permits schools implementing a Title I Schoolwide Program to consolidate federal, state, and local funds under its comprehensive school reform program.


The US Department of Education calls this practice blending and braiding funds.  The Arizona Department of Education authorizes such Title I programs as Schoolwide 3 or SW3.


MAVERIK EDUCATION LLC specializes in providing academic and fiscal consultation and support to district and charter K-12 schools in transitioning to, implementing, and budgeting a Title I Schoolwide 3 (SW3) program.  We assist K-12 district and charter schools with the following:


  • Consolidating and calculating federal, state, and local education funding to support all areas of the school's comprehensive academic program.
  • Completing a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA that addresses all principles of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP).
  • Conducting the Root Cause Analysis and preparing the "Fishbone" document.**
  • Creating the Integrated Action Plan based on the results of the CNA and in compliance with the policies and provisions of a Title I SW 3 Program.**
  • Monitoring performance outcomes - student achievement, teacher effectiveness, stakeholder relations, overall school performance
  • Completing documentation for cycle monitoring and comparability compliance.


MAVERIK EDUCATION LLC has also developed an Excel file that will allow school leaders and fiscal managers to consolidate and calculate the percentage federal, state, and local funding supporting the comprehensive school program.

What is Blending and Braiding?

Blending: “...financial assistance is combined [emphasis added] under a single set of reporting and other requirements, and resources contributed from each individual funding stream lose their original award-specific identity.”


Brading:  “Financial assistance from several sources is coordinated... to support a single initiative or strategy, while each individual award maintains its award specific identity.”


Graham, B. (2018 )   "Blending & Braiding: How to Consolidate & Coordinate".  Presented at the Arizona Department of Education ESSA Conference, November 2018.  Washington DC: Brunsfeld & Manasevit, PLLC Rretieved from http://www.azed.gov/essaconference/files/2018/11/Blending_Braiding.pdf


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