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2020-21 Fiscal Waiver

Public Comment Period Open: USED Waivers Related to COVID-19 Challenges

DESE's Office of Quality Schools is requesting a waiver from the United States Department of Education (USED) as a result of ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. Local education agencies (LEAs) and members of the public have the opportunity to comment on this request by sending an email to by Friday July 30, 2021.

DESE, Missouri’s State Education Agency (SEA) is requesting waivers of the following requirements:

  • Carryover limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title I, Part A funds (i.e., the Title I, Part A funds that will become carryover funds on October 1, 2021): to waive the requirement that limits an SEA’s ability to grant to its LEAs a waiver of the 15 percent Title I, Part A carryover limitation in section 1127(a) to once every three years.
  • Period of availability of funds in section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA): to extend the period of availability of FY 2019 funds for programs in which the SEA participates under it’s approved consolidated State plan until September 30, 2022. The programs are:
    • Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs),including the portions of the SEA’s Title I, Part A award used to carry out section1003 school improvement, section 1003A direct student services, if applicable, and Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
    • Title I, Part B of the ESEA (State Assessment Formula Grants)
    • Title I, Part C of the ESEA (Education of Migratory Children)
    • Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 of the ESEA (Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk)
    • Title II, Part A of the ESEA (Supporting Effective Instruction)
    • Title III, Part A of the ESEA (English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement)
    • Title IV, Part A of the ESEA (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants)
    • Title IV, Part B of the ESEA (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
    • Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 of the ESEA (Rural and Low-Income School Program)
    • McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

ESEA Consolidated Application Webinar 2021