The Federal Programs office channels federal funds to school districts across the state and provides technical assistance for specific programs.
2013-14 Federal Programs Calendar for LEAs (updated November 8, 2013)
Opportunity for Additional Flexibility for Districts on Title I Funds
Tennessee is requesting a waiver (access request here) from the U.S. Department of Education of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) which would permit the state department of education to grant a carryover limitation waiver to an LEA more than once in a three-year period. If granted, this would mean that even LEAs who have carried over Title I funds in the past three years could apply to the state for a waiver to do so again for the coming fiscal year. If the state is granted the proposed waiver, we will share additional information at that point on how to submit an LEA waiver for carryover.
We believe the requested waiver may help LEAs direct and budget their funds more thoughtfully with this additional flexibility. Exercising this additional waiver is also beneficial for LEAs as it could lessen the impact of sequestration on the 2013-14 school year.
If you have comments regarding the requested SEA waiver, please provide in writing via e-mail to Eve.Carney@tn.gov by May 13, 2013. All comments will be included in the state's waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education. Please also feel free to reach out to Eve with any questions about the state or LEA waiver process.
2/23/12 Waiver to Extend SIG Funds
12/10/10 Request for Waiver for Natural Disaster Provisions
for two LEAs who could not fully administer TCAP
12/6/10 Request for Waiver (6-month):
Allow LEAs with Title I Schools Newly Identified as in School Improvement (2010-2011) to Offer SES in lieu of Public School Choice to Eligible Students in Title I Schools
Waiver Request to Extend the Periods of Availability for School Improvement Grant Funds
Tennessee is requesting from the U.S. Department of Education to waive section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act [20 U.S.C § 1225(b)] to extend the periods of availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2013 school improvement grant funds to September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2016, respectively. If granted, this would mean that the state can award these funds to serve its third cohort of schools for the second and third years of implementation of the School Improvement Grant.
If you have comments or questions regarding the requested SEA waiver, please e-mail Rita.Fentress@tn.gov by April 15, 2014. All comments will be included in the state's waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education.
10/26/2012 School Improving Planning Template
2/2012 Priority Schools List
Title I Schools (List of)