Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and schools, with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families, in order to assist schools in ensuring that all children meet challenging academic standards.
Districts or schools accepting Title I funds are required to provide all children with fair, equitable and significant educational opportunities in order to obtain a high-quality education and to reach--at a minimum--proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.Title I programs utilize highly qualified staff who implement instructional strategies based on scientifically based research and which are supported by organized and effective parental involvement.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has requested a one-time waiver of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) that prohibits a state educational agency (SEA) from granting to a local educational agency (LEA) a waiver of the carryover limitation in section 1127(a) of the ESEA more than once every three years.
MDE is asking for the ability to allow an additional waiver to LEAs that need it for Title I, Part A funds associated with ESEA Flexibility and/or the sequester. The waiver is requested for a period of one year to allow time to respond to LEA requests to carry over federal fiscal year (FFY) 2012 Title I, Part A funds in excess of the carryover limitation into the FY 2013-2014 application cycle.