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The Title Grant Administration Department is responsible for state-level technical assistance to assist districts with implementing programs that align to the U.S. Department of Education's guidance. Program implementation supports goals and activities that align to ESSA federal law. When applying, districts are required to follow federal rules and regulations in order to accept federal funds. Principal consultants are assigned by county​PDF Document to review and approve applications for Title I-A, Title II-A, and Title IV-A.

Technical Assistance is also provided for Title I District Plans, Title I Schoolwide Plans, Parental Involvement as it relates to ESSA, and Private School Participation in Title programs.​

​ESEA Fiscal Waiver for Title Programs

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an application for an ESEA fiscal waiver for Title I Part A, among other Title programs, in the spring 2020.  ISBE received approval for this and other waivers at that time. 

Because of the continuation of the pandemic and the desire provide flexibility for school districts during the 2021-2022 school year, ISBE will submit a waiver for the following:

  1. Carryover limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Title 1, Part A funds (i.e., the Title I Part A funds that will become carryover funds on October 1, 2021): the requirement that limits an SEAs ability to grant its LEA a waiver of the 15% Title I, Part A carryover limitation in section 1127(a) more than once every three years. 
  2. Period of Availability of funds in section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA): to extend the period of availability of the FY2019 funds for programs in which the SEA participates under its approved consolidated state plan until September 30, 2022.  
In sum, this waiver provides: ​​
  • The removal of the 15% carryover limitation that allows an LEA to carryover more that 15% of unused funds once every three years.
  • An extension of the availability of  SEA funds that would otherwise expire on September 30, 2021 through September 30, 2022. 
 Please submit any comments on the ESEA Fiscal waiver application by May 4, 2021 to essa@isbe.net​ .

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