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Private School Equitable Services under ESSA

As with prior authorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains provisions aimed at making certain forms of assistance available to children attending non-public schools. Under ESSA, changes to the pre-existing non-public school equitable services requirements include how to determine and communicate equitable funding information, details regarding the public school district-private school consultation process, and the establishment of a newly required ombudsman position at the state level.

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U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA Equitable Services for Non-Public Schools
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ESSA Changes to Equitable Services for Private School Students
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ESSA Equitable Services for Private Schools Resource Guide

Consultation with Private Schools

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Sample Offer of Consultation to Eligible Non-Public Schools to Participate in ESSA Title Programs
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Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with Participating Non-Public School Officials under ESSA
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FY19 District Reservations for Equitable Services to Private Schools for Titles I, II, III, and IV
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Timelines Related to Private School Equitable Services under ESSA

ESSA Ombudsman

Under ESSA, each state must designate an ombudsman to monitor and ensure ESEA equitable services requirements are carried out under both Title I and Title VIII (comprising Titles II-A, III-A, and Title IV-A&B) of the law.

Ombudsman Contact Information:
Russ Fleming
Equitable Services Ombudsman

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Private School Complaint Procedures under ESSA
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