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 2018-2019 school year.
State Application to Renew Ed-Flex Authority—Available for Public Comment
TEA is preparing to submit an application to the US Department of Education (USDE) to renew its waiver authority under the Education Flexibility (Ed-Flex) Program.
This application is available for public comment through July 30, 2019. Comments related to the application may be submitted to ESSASupport@tea.texas.gov. All comments received will be included with the application to USDE.
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:
- Threshold eligibility to implement Title I, Part A Schoolwide Programs
- Waiver of Title I, Part A 15% Roll Forward Limitation
Individual Programmatic Waivers
Individual programmatic waivers are requested for a period of one year. There are two windows for submitting this type of application:
- May 24, 2019, for a starting date of July 1, 2019
- August 13, 2019, for a starting date of October 1, 2019
Late applications will not be considered.
State Performance Reports
The Ed-Flex State Performance Reports give information to the U.S. Department of Education or interested parties on local educational agencies (LEAs) that have been granted flexibility under the Ed-Flex Partnership Act.