NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION REQUEST FOR WAIVERS TO TITLE I, PART A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS 1003(G)
Notice is hereby given that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will submit a request for a waiver for Section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) (also known as the “Tydings Amendment”) to extend the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), from Sept. 30, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2016.
As indicated by the submission of the School Improvement Grants Application for FY 2012 New Awards Competition, it is the intent of the NCDPI to run a new competition. The extension of the availability of funds would allow for the provision of three-year, rather than one-year awards to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that are approved for funding. The waiver would allow any LEA in the state that receives a SIG to use those funds in accordance with the final requirements for the SIG program (75 Fed. Reg. 66363 (Oct. 28, 2010)).
The state believes that the requested waiver will increase the quality of instruction for students and improve the academic achievement of students in schools by enabling an LEA to more effectively use the school improvement funds to implement one of the four school intervention models in its eligible schools. The four school intervention models are specifically designed to substantially raise student achievement in the state's persistently lowest-achieving schools.
The public is invited to review and comment on the waiver being requested through 5 p.m., March 22, 2013. Interested persons may present their written comments via e-mail to Donna Brown, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division director, at Donna.Brown@dpi.nc.gov or by mail to:
Donna Brown, Director
Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Raleigh, NC 27699-6351
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.