ED Says ESSA Fiscal Guidance Forthcoming

In a letter sent to Chief State School Officers on Monday, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced plans to issue additional non-regulatory guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by the end of the calendar year.  ED recently published a number of guidance documents on ESSA implementation, including guidance on English learners, Title II teacher quality initiatives, and schoolwide programs.


While those guidance documents previously issued by ED focus more on programmatic questions, ED says upcoming guidance will turn toward addressing fiscal topics that States and districts may have questions about.  Specifically, ED plans to issue guidance regarding equitable services, maintenance of effort, within-district Title IA allocations, within-State Title IA and Title IIA allocations, and transferability.  ED has also said it plans to issue one more piece of programmatic guidance, this time focusing on Title IV.


ED reminds States and districts that any questions regarding ESSA implementation, including questions about this upcoming guidance, can be sent to ESSA.questions@ed.gov.

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Kelly Christiansen is an associate with the Washington, DC law firm of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Title I Association.