Ed-Flex Waivers

By taking advantage of Ed-Flex, LEAs can design and implement programs in ways that best meet the needs of their students and communities. Texas has been approved as an Ed-Flex State under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The state’s Ed-Flex authority is effective through the 2023-2024 school year.

TEA Overview of Ed-Flex and Different Types of Waivers Available

Statewide Administrative Waivers 

Statewide administrative Ed-Flex waivers address regulations governing applications for funds and certain recording keeping provisions. These administrative waivers are automatically granted to LEAs applying for federal funds covered by Ed-Flex.

Statewide Programmatic Waivers

Statewide programmatic waivers address design and delivery of federal programs covered under Ed-Flex. Statewide programmatic waivers must be applied for through the Local Education Agency’s original ESSA Consolidated Application for Federal Funds. The two statewide programmatic waivers are:

  • Schoolwide Eligibility Waiver (Supporting Documentation form--Required)
  • 15% Carryover Limitation Waiver (Initiated by Grants staff, if applicable)

Individual Programmatic Waivers

Individual programmatic waivers may be requested for a period of one to three years.  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  Completed applications will be considered by the state’s Ed-Flex Committee according to the following schedule:

  • Applications received by June 1 will be considered at the Committee’s June meeting. 
  • Applications received after June 1 will be considered at the next committee meeting.
  • The committee meeting schedule is available on the Title I Committee of Practitioners web page

Questions concerning Ed-Flex waivers should be directed to Vivian.Smyrl@tea.texas.gov.