The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was passed in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” The Act emphasizes equal access to education and establishes high standards and accountability. The law authorized federally funded education programs that are administered by the States. In 2015, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as The Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Public Law PL 114-95, passed in 2015, reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The purpose of the Act is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close the achievement gap. ESSA supports standards-based education based on the belief that setting high standards and goals can improve an individual student’s educational achievement.
The Vermont Agency of Education is seeking public comments concerning an application to waive certain requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Due to the continued extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented challenges faced by students, educators, staff, and schools, the U.S. Department of Education is offering each State educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request waivers that will afford the State and local education agencies (LEAs) additional fiscal flexibility for certain funds received under the ESEA.
Pursuant to the authority under section 8401 of the ESEA, the Vermont Agency of Education intends to apply for waivers of the following provisions:
• Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the ESEA, so that the Agency of Education may waive for an LEA, more than once every three years, the 15 percent carryover limitation in ESEA section 1127(a) for FY 2020 Title I, Part A funds.
• Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), to extend the period of availability of Federal FY 2019 funds for programs in which the Vermont Agency of Education participates under its approved consolidated State plan, until September 30, 2022.
Please submit comments on this proposed waiver application via email to Jesse Roy