June 2, 2014
THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Flexibility for Federal Grant Funds
One of Commissioner Williams’ top
priorities for Texas education is to close the gaps in student achievement. In
support of this priority, TEA has launched a new initiative that provides
increased flexibility for subrecipients of federal education grants. We are
developing new policies related to how we administer, manage, and monitor
federal grants. These changes will allow subrecipients to close student
achievement gaps by operating effective programs that are based upon locally
In order to provide increased
flexibility to federal grant subrecipients, TEA will implement policy changes
that focus on:
more discretion at the local level.
clear guidance with examples and models.
barriers that are unnecessary and burdensome.
performance and program outcomes.
that grant funds are spent in accordance with program statute and regulations.
accountability for federal dollars; minimizing waste, fraud, and abuse; and providing
Over the next few months, we will
share more details about specific policy changes through conferences, meetings,
and published guidance. Additionally, TEA will hold a number of focus group
meetings to gather feedback about proposed policy changes. A new, user-friendly
web page dedicated to the flexibility initiative will be available in June of
The largest part of this initiative
will be the promotion of Title I, Part A schoolwide programs. TEA will
encourage schools to take advantage of the flexibility offered by the
schoolwide program model, which allows campuses to use Title I, Part A funds to
improve the academic achievement of all of their students, not just certain
eligible students. The program also eases several statutory and regulatory
requirements, and allows campuses to consolidate their funds into a single
budget “pool.” TEA is developing a web page that will help campuses adopt the
schoolwide program model, with specific guidance about accounting requirements.
This page will also be available in June of 2014.
For More Information
TEA will release new information about
the flexibility initiative as it becomes available.
For more information about the topics
covered in this letter, contact Thomas Howe in the Office for Grants and
Federal Fiscal Compliance at (512) 463-8992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lizzette C. González
Chief Deputy Commissioner