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Archived FedPro Message

SUBJECT:  Request for Comments on SES Waivers

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  June 3, 2010

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is currently seeking comments on our intent to request a one-year waiver of the Title I, Part A regulatory provision that prohibits a State from approving as providers of supplemental educational services (SES) schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring and local educational agencies (LEAs) identified for improvement or corrective action (34 C.F.R. § 200.47(b)(1)(iv)(A), (B)).

In addition to the waiver request above, Missouri intends to request a one-year waiver to allow local educational agencies (LEAs) within Missouri with one or more schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring to offer supplemental educational services (SES), in addition to public school choice, to eligible students in Title I schools in the first year of school improvement and to count the funds spent providing SES to eligible students in those schools toward the LEA’s obligation to spend an amount at least equal to 20 percent of its Title I, Part A, Subpart 2 allocation on SES and choice-related transportation (20 percent obligation).  In the absence of such a waiver, an LEA may only count funds spent providing SES to eligible students attending schools in the second year of improvement, in corrective action, or in restructuring toward its 20 percent obligation (ESEA section 1116(b)(10); 34 C.F.R. § 200.48).

By June 18, 2010, please send comments to webreplyimprfii@dese.mo.gov.

You can access additional information related to the waiver requests at: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/instrucimprov/ .

Thank you!

Larry Flakne, Director

Federal Instructional Improvement

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education