Notice to the public and local education agencies (LEAs) is made of the Idaho State Department of Education’s intent to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for waiver flexibility under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program (Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA)). In light of the continued disruption to learning caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) during the national emergency declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the U. S. Department of Education is offering flexibility under section 8401(b) of the ESEA.

On behalf of Idaho’s local education agencies (LEAs), Superintendent Ybarra will request a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year of the following requirements under Title IV-A of the ESEA:

  • Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, related to LEA needs assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to content-area spending requirements for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title IV, Part A funds.
  • Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to the fifteen percent spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FY 2020 Title IV, Part A funds.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that prior to submitting the waiver request, each State must provide the public, including LEAs, notice of the waiver request and a reasonable opportunity to comment.

Send written comments to Karen Seay at kseay@sde.idaho.gov or by mail at 650 W. State St, Boise 83702. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. (MST) December 28, 2020.