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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
by Monday, November 30, 2015.
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
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.
Partridge, Associate Commissioner
Accreditation and School