Notice of Waiver Request and Opportunity to Comment
December 10, 2014
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Waiver Request to U. S.
Department of Education for Flexibility
to fund School Improvement Grant (SIG) funded Tier II schools with Title I,
Education Agency (TEA) is requesting a waiver that would allow the use of Title
I, 1003(a) grant funding to Tier II middle and/or high schools currently
identified as priority schools. This
waiver is requested for the remainder of school year 2014-15 and school year
Texas is making the request to allow LEAs with schools that
were funded with the School Improvement Grant 1003(g) (SIG) as Tier
II middle and/or high schools to be served with Title I, 1003(a) funds at the
conclusion of their SIG 1003(g) grant period. For the purposes of this waiver,
eligible schools are those now identified as Priority schools that were previously identified
via the USED Final Regulation of December 3, 2009, and determined by the State
as (b)(i) A Tier II school is a secondary school that is eligible for, but does
not receive, Title I, Part A funds. In
the absence of this waiver, a LEA with schools currently being served with SIG
1003(g) funds would no longer be able to support their Priority schools’ reform
initiatives under Texas’ approved ESEA Flexibility Plan.
assures that, if it is granted the requested waiver, Texas will implement the
waiver only with respect to those LEAs that have Tier II, SIG high schools or
middle schools who request this waiver in writing, and provide an assurance
that they will meet all statutory and regulatory requirements related to Texas’
ESEA Flexibility Plan and Title I, 1003(a) grant requirements. TEA will evaluate each request, including
proposed budgets and plans for sustaining implementation. Each LEA granted this flexibility will be
provided ongoing technical assistance, support and active monitoring of the
1003(a) program through the 2015-16 school year.
approval of the requested waiver will allow eligible LEAs to access Title I,
1003(a) funding to provide financial support to continue the interventions and
school reform initiatives initiated with SIG 1003(g) funds to increase the
quality of instruction for students and improve academic achievement so that Priority
schools can reduce their percentage of non-proficient students for each of
Texas has identified 48 schools for which this waiver may apply (see attached).
TEA is providing USED’s required notice
of this waiver request by posting this letter to LEAs on the TEA website and
disseminating it through the TEA “To the Administrator Addressed” electronic
mail listserv. TEA will also provide
public notice and information regarding this waiver request through a posting
in the Texas Register. Texas will accept comments from LEA
superintendents until close of business on December 22, 2014.
TEA will aggregate the comments received
from LEAs in response to this notice and submit them as part of the state’s
application for the waiver to USED. TEA will take comments into consideration
when finalizing the state’s waiver request to USED.
If you have
questions regarding this waiver request, please contact Leticia Govea at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 463-1427.
Sally Partridge, Associate
Accreditation and School