From: Honeysett, Adam <Adam.Honeysett@ed.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:09 PM
Subject: Ed-Flex Application Release and Webinar Announcement
August 9, 2019
Dear Chief State School Officer:
Ed-Flex Application Webinar
The U.S. Department of Education will be hosting a webinar to walk States through the Ed-Flex application, review, and approval process and to answer questions. The webinar is scheduled for August 28, 2019, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time.
Registration for the August 28 webinar can be accessed through this hyperlink. If you have any problems accessing the registration page, please contact the Office of State and Grantee Relations (SGR) at SGR@ed.gov. Note that webinar audio will be broadcast through computer speakers.
What is Ed-Flex?
On June 13, 2019, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the application for States to apply for the Educational Flexibility (Ed-Flex) program. Through Ed-Flex, the Secretary delegates to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs) the authority to waive certain statutory or regulatory education requirements that may impede local efforts to reform and improve education. It is designed to help local educational agencies (LEAs), educational service agencies (ESAs), and schools carry out educational reforms and raise the achievement levels of all children.
A small number of States previously had this authority but, under ESSA, the Secretary may now permit all interested SEAs to apply to become Ed-Flex States. An SEA approved for Ed-Flex authority may waive certain requirements that apply to Title I Part A, Title I Part C, Title I Part D, Title II Part A, and Title IV Part A, in addition to the Perkins program.
Applying for Ed-Flex
All States (including States previously participating in Ed-Flex) wishing to participate in Ed-Flex going forward must submit the new application. A State can be granted Ed-Flex authority for up to five years once its application has been approved.
Applications should be submitted by SEAs through their SGR State Mailbox: [state].email@example.com (e.g., Alabama.firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions, please contact the SGR Ed-Flex liaison Chris Fenton at Christopher.Fenton@ed.gov.
Statute requires the Department to issue a written decision for each State application within 90 days of receiving the application. If disapproved, the Department will explain why an application was not approved and will describe the process for revising and resubmitting the application for reconsideration. (20 U.S.C. § 5891b(a)(3)(B)(i)).