TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
for Waiver Regarding Cycle 4 Texas Title I Priority Schools Grant Program School Improvement Grant (SIG) Funds
U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has released guidance on the opportunity
for the state to request waivers applicable to Section 1003(g) School
Improvement Grant funding. This is to
notify you of the state’s intent to apply for the waiver below on behalf of
local education agencies (LEAs) with one or more campuses selected for the Texas
Title I Priority Schools, Cycle 4 grant program.
Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant program is funded with federal School
Improvement Grant funds, authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I or ESEA). These grants, through the Texas Education
Agency (Agency) to LEAs, are for use in Title I schools identified as priority or focus schools that demonstrate the
greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to
provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of
their students so as to enable the schools to meet and close achievement gaps
for annual measurable objectives and exit priority or focus status. Under the final requirements published by
USDE, these funds are to be focused on the State’s persistently
lowest-achieving schools and other schools that meet the federal definition of
eligibility. In schools an LEA chooses
to serve, the LEA must implement one of seven school intervention models: turnaround model, restart model, school
closure, transformation model, state designed model, early learning model, or
whole school reform model.
The applicable waiver would allow
any eligible LEA that receives a TTIPS Cycle 4 grant for an eligible campus to
use those funds in accordance with the final requirements for School
Improvement Grants and the LEA’s application for a grant.
The State believes that the waiver
will increase the quality of instruction for students and improve the academic
achievement of students in priority or focus schools by enabling an LEA to use
more effectively the school improvement funds to implement one of the seven
intervention models in its
Notice of the proposed waivers will be published in
the Texas Register in the next few
weeks. However, you will be able to
provide comments on these proposed waivers until February
13, 2015, by electronic mail to NCLBTTIPS@tea.state.tx.us.
Waive section 421(b) of the General Education
Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY
2014 school improvement funds for the State and all of its eligible LEAs to
September 30, 2020.
This waiver would extend the “life” of the funds
through the full five-year implementation cycle. This will allow the state to combine fiscal
year funds and fund the initial grant award and continuation grants to the LEAs
on behalf of their selected eligible campuses for the entire intervention
will aggregate the comments received from LEAs in response to this notice and
submit them as part of the state’s application for the 1003(g) funds to USDE.
Please note that TEA will take comments into consideration when finalizing the
state’s application for Cycle 4 funds to USDE. When TEA
receives USDE approval of the waiver requests, additional information will be
provided to LEAs on the implementation of the waivers through the Request for
Application associated with this grant program.
additional information on the proposed waiver requests, please contact Shayna
Sheehan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (512) 463-2617 or Leticia Govea via email at email@example.com or at (512) 463-1427.
Sally Partridge, Associate Commissioner
Accreditation and School Improvement