Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Federal Programs Waiver Released for Public Comment

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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; General Business Managers; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster)

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On July 2, 2021, Ian Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Education, released a letter offering flexibility regarding federal funds due to COVID-19.  Specifically, the U.S. Department of Education is offering: 

(1) a waiver for an SEA to be able to approve a local educational agency (LEA) to carry over more than 15 percent of its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title I, Part A funds (i.e., the Title I, Part A funds that will become carryover funds on October 1, 2021), even if the LEA has received a waiver from its SEA to exceed this limitation for its FY 2018 or FY 2019 Title I, Part A funds; and 

(2) flexibility to each SEA to be able to extend for itself and its subgrantees the period of availability of FY 2019 funds for programs included in the State’s consolidated State plan to allow additional time to obligate those funds. 

DESE plans to submit for these waivers and request public comments be sent to



Please see the attached letter from Mr. Rosenblum and the attached letter from Secretary Key requesting the waiver.

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