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Title I / Federal Support Programs

Notice of Intent to Apply for a Waiver of Certain Title I Section 1003(g) (School Improvement Grants) Requirements and Opportunity for Comment

In November 2013 the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) will submit a new application for federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to serve the Commonwealth's persistently lowest achieving schools. As part of that application, ESE has the opportunity to request waivers of certain Title I Section 1003(g) requirements that relate to the use of SIG funds. Information regarding the SIG program is available via the U.S. Department of Education's website: www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html.

This notice is to provide you with the opportunity to review and comment on ESE's waiver requests, which will be submitted as part of an application for federal SIG funds.

The first waiver is necessary to ensure that the Commonwealth's persistently lowest achieving schools are accurately identified as eligible for SIG funds. The second waiver would extend the period of availability for these federal fiscal year 2013 SIG funds through September 30, 2017.

Comments may be submitted via email to titlei@doe.mass.edu. Your comments, if any, must be received by the Department no later than November 7, 2013.

  1. Priority Schools List Waiver: To Allow ESE to Replace Its List of Federally Defined Tier I, II and III Schools With Its List of Priority (Level 4) Schools as Approved Through Massachusetts' ESEA Flexibility Waiver.
  2. Summary: ESE intends to request a waiver of the school eligibility requirements in Section I.A.1 of the SIG final requirements in order to allow Massachusetts to replace its lists of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools with its list of schools that meet the definition of "priority schools" in the document titled ESEA Flexibility and that were identified as Level 4 schools in accordance with Massachusetts' approved request for ESEA flexibility.

  3. Period of Availability Waiver: To Extend Availability Period for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 School Improvement Grant Funds Through September 2017.
  4. Summary: ESE intends to request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to extend the period of availability for the state's federal fiscal year 2013 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. If granted, the waiver will allow the state to use approximately $7.2M in FFY2013 SIG funds through September 30, 2017 to support low-performing schools that successfully apply for School Redesign Grants. The current period of availability ends on September 30, 2015.

Last Updated: October 24, 2013  
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