Waiver Request to U. S. Department of Education Extension of Period of Availability of Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 Section 1003(g) Funds

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NOTICE OF WAIVER REQUEST AND OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

November 20, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:        Waiver Request to U. S. Department of Education Extension of Period of Availability of Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 Section 1003(g) Funds

Texas’ federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and 2013 funds under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program in section 1003(g) of  the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) must be obligated by September 30, 2016 and September 30, 2017, respectively.  Currently, Texas has approximately $24,000,000 in unexpended FY 2012 and 2013 SIG funds.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) does not anticipate campuses being able to expend all of these funds in a thoughtful manner that will increase the quality of instruction and academic performance for students prior to the deadlines.  TEA is requesting a waiver from USDE to extend the period of availability for the FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds through September 30, 2020.

If this waiver request is approved, TEA will combine the remaining federal FY 2012 and 2013 SIG funds with its 2014 SIG funds to make additional Cycle 4 SIG awards consistent with the SIG final requirements.  In addition, consistent with the implementation of grant Cycles 1 and 2, TEA will invite Cycle 3 campuses to apply for an extension to implement their selected intervention model through a fourth (succession) year during school year 2017-2018.  TEA believes approval of this waiver will allow current and future grantees to increase the quality of instruction and improve the academic achievement of students in these schools by supporting rigorous reforms. 

TEA is providing notice of its intent to apply to USDE for this waiver by posting this letter to LEAs on the TEA web site and disseminating it through the TEA “To the Administrator Addressed” electronic mail list serv.  Please submit any comments regarding the waiver request to sisdivision@tea.texas.gov by Monday, November 30, 2015.

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 USDE. TEA will take comments into consideration when finalizing the state’s waiver request. 

In the near future, TEA will also provide public notice and information regarding this waiver request through a posting in the Texas Register.

If you have questions regarding this waiver request, please contact Mark Baxter at (512) 936-3732.

Sincerely,

Sally Partridge, Associate Commissioner
Accreditation and School Improvement