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.
U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA Equitable Services for Non-Public Schools
ESSA Changes to Equitable Services for Private School Students
ESSA Equitable Services for Private Schools Resource Guide
Sample Offer of Consultation to Eligible Non-Public Schools to Participate in ESSA Title Programs
Affirmation of Consultation and Agreement with Participating Non-Public School Officials under ESSA
Timelines Related to Private School Equitable Services under ESSA
FY2019 District Reservations for Equitable Services to Private Schools for Titles I, II, III, and IV
FY2020 District Reservations for Equitable Services to Private Schools for Titles I, II, III and IV
FY2021 District Reservations for Equitable Services to Private Schools for Titles I, II, III and IV
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:
Equitable Services Ombudsman
Private School Complaint Procedures under ESSA
Last Updated: July 20, 2021
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
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