“The new ESSA statutory language focuses not on costs and services, but on funds. Specifically, section 1118(b) of the ESEA requires that an LEA “demonstrate that the methodology used to allocate State and local funds to each [title I school] ensures that such school receives all of the State and local funds it would otherwise receive if it were not receiving assistance under [title I].”
The new language is not new, costs and services are funds. The new language must focus on children.
“This is the first time that the supplement not supplant requirement contains a statutory directive regarding how an LEA must demonstrate compliance with the requirement. For this reason, the Department proposes these regulations to provide clarity about how LEAs can demonstrate that the distribution of State and local funds satisfies the funds-based compliance test introduced in the law.”
This law went into effect in 1970 and this is the fist time, “. . . an LEA must demonstrate compliance with the requirement.”
“Restate the general requirement under section 1118(b)(1) that a State educational agency or an LEA use title I, part A funds only to supplement, and not supplant, State and local funds.”
Instead of restating the requirement we should inforce it.
“Incorporate the requirement under section 1118(b)(2) of the ESEA that an LEA must demonstrate that the methodology used to allocate State and local funds to each title I school ensures that such school receives all of the State and local funds it would otherwise receive if it were not a title I school.”
“Clarify that an LEA may demonstrate compliance with the preceding requirement under the ESEA in a number of ways.”
This being the case what is the purpose of the new requirement?
“Provide numerous flexibilities to ensure that an LEA can implement the requirement in a way that reflects local needs, circumstances, and decision-making.”
This means giving an LEA many ways to receive Title I funds without actually helping children.
“Clarify the implementation timeline for the proposed regulations.”
Shouldn’t this be immediate?
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