Equitable Services to Independent Schools

When ESEA was reauthorized, in December, 2015 as the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), new provisions under ESSA both strengthen and enhance equitable services to non-profit independent schools and provide for more State and LEA accountability. To help ensure that independent school children, teachers and other educational personnel receive services equitable to those in public schools, state educational agencies (SEAs) must now designate an Ombudsman to monitor and enforce ESSA equitable services requirements. In addition, the Ombudsman should serve as the primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from independent school officials and Local Education Agencies (LEAs)(ESSA 1117 (a)(3)(B) & 8501(a)(3)(B)).

AOE Resources:

Ombudsman for Equitable Services to Independent SchoolsKaren Abbott, (802) 828-4370 

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