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.




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



Jen Gresham, FESP Division Director (802) 479-1191


Grants Management

Karen Abbott, CFP Grants Manager, (802) 479-1370


Title I, Part A, Migrant Education, Neglected or Deliquent

Jesse Roy, Title I State Director (802) 479-1226

Deborah Ormsbee, Program Coordinator, Title I & Homeless Education, (802) 479-3112


Title II, Part A

MC Moran, State Title II Director, (802) 479-1205


Title III, Part A

Jim McCobb, EL Program Coordinator, (802) 479-1273


Title IV, A, AOE Ombudman

Jennifer Gresham, FESP Assistant Division Director (802) 479-1191


21st Centry Community Learning Centers

Emanuel Betz, 21st CCLC State Coordinator, (802) 479-1396



Email Karen Abbott or call (802) 479-1370.

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Secretary Daniel M. French
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Barre, VT 05641

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