Federal Education Programs Under ESSA

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.

On April 9, 2020, The Agency of Education requested a waiver, pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), of requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 related to Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV and Title V funds.

If you have comments about this waiver, please email aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov and include "VERMONT COVID-19 FISCAL WAIVER" in the subject line.




ESSA Public Comment and Waivers

Vermont’s Ed Flex waiver authority expired on 6/30/19. The US Department of Education is requiring all states seeking to extend their authority to submit new applications. Please see below for the AOE’s draft Ed Flex Waiver application. Comments are being sought and should be addressed to: Anne Bordonaro, Division Director, Federal and Education Support Programs at anne.bordonaro@vermont.gov . Comments must be received no later than 10/15/19 at 4:00 pm to be considered.

Consolidated Federal Programs

McKinney Vento Act Homeless Education Program (Title IX, Part A)

Migrant Education (Title I, Part C)

English Learners (Title III)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (Title IV, Part B)

Contacts for Federal Education Programs under ESSA


Anne Bordonaro, FESP Division Director, (802) 828-1388 

Jesse Roy, Assistant Division Director, (802) 828-1390

Grants Management

Karen Abbott, CFP Grants Manager, (802) 828-4370

Title 1 Part A/Neglected and Delinquent (Title I Part D)

Kristine Seipel, State Title I Director, (802) 828-1447

Title II Part A/Migrant Education (Title I Part C)

Megan Kinlock, Title II Part A/Migrant Education State Director, (802) 828-1472

Tammy Pregent, Migrant Education Information Specialist, (802) 828-1450

Title III

Jim McCobb, State EL Program Coordinator, (802) 828-1533

Title IV Part A/Homeless Education

Katy Preston, Title IV Director and State Coordinator for Homeless Education, (802) 828-1468

21st Centry Community Learning Centers

Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, (802) 828-6977

Ombudsman/Equitable Services

Jesse Roy, Assistant Division Director, (802) 828-1390

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Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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