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Equitable Services Guidance Is Published October 7, 2019

The long-awaited Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance has been published by the the U.S. Department of Education.

The Guidance may be found here.  A summary of responses to public comments may be found here.  NAESPA's submitted comments may be found here.

The purpose of Title I of the ESEA is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps. (ESEA section 1001). Each LEA that receives Title I funds identifies public school attendance areas and schools that have high concentrations of children from low-income families as eligible to participate in Title I programs. (ESEA section 1113).

ESEA section 1117 requires participating LEAs, in consultation with appropriate private school officials, to provide eligible children attending private non-profit elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families. Eligible private school children are children who reside in a participating Title I public school attendance area and are low achieving.

[UPDATE ADDED 10/12/2019:  ED's 10/10/2019 Press Release and message from Patrick Rooney (dated 10/11/2019) may both be found here.] 

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The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators is dedicated to improving and implementing federal education programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act so that more children reach their academic potential. Through the ESEA Network website, as well as its national conferences, the Association provides educational leaders at the state and local levels with the opportunity to work together across program boundaries to share ideas on effective and innovative programs, and identify both problems and solutions.