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SUBJECT:  LEAs and Buildings Identified for School Improvement Applying to Become a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  March 1, 2011

Missouri has requested a one-year waiver of the Title I.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).  Under the law, Missouri may approve as a SES provider only an entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement.  Missouri believes that identified schools and LEAs may be able to establish they have an effective program that can help improve academic achievement of students and should not be prevented automatically from gaining approval simply because of their improvement status.  Missouri has requested this waiver based on guidance B8 through B15 of the Non-Regulatory Guidance on Title I, Part A Waivers www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/title-i-waiver.doc

In anticipation of our waiver request being approved, those LEAs and buildings identified for School Improvement that wish to apply to be a SES provider should adhere to the same application window as all other new providers.  We will use the same criteria and process for these applications as those used for all other providers.  The services you provide as a SES provider must be different than the instructional program during the day and any current after-school program the building or LEA already has in place.  Those that meet the criteria will receive a conditional approval until Missouri’s waiver request is approved by USED.  If Missouri’s waiver request is not approved, all conditional approvals will be void.  This waiver is for one year only, the 2011-12 school year. 

The LEA and building will need to proceed with sending all the required SES information to parents of eligible children even though they are going to apply to become a provider.  If approved as a SES provider, then an updated mailing could be sent to eligible parents.  If the LEA or building is approved as a SES provider, the building in School Improvement still has to notify eligible parents of all approved SES providers in Missouri that are on the list for that area. 

The 2011-2012 SES application and scoring rubric for this application period may be found at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/grantmgmnt/Supplemental_Services/.

David Welch, Director

Gifted Education|Supplemental Education Services & Public School Choice

Office (573) 751-7754

Fax (573) 526-6698

david.welch@dese.mo.gov