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

Contact Information for Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities:

Charles Hess
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-2697

For additional information, contact:

Division of Federal and State Education Policy
(512) 463-9414


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