The Texas Education Agency announced in a TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED letter dated December 8, 2010, an opportunity to provide additional flexibility for the Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant program. The TTIPS grant program has requirements specific to Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools according to various criteria. Comments on the proposed waivers to be published in the Texas Register may be submitted from December 8-15, 2010. The waivers are described in the excerpt below.
· Waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2009 school improvement funds for the State and all of its eligible LEAs to September 30, 2014.
This waiver would extend the “life” of the funds for an additional year. This will allow the state to fund the initial grant award and three years of continuation grants to the LEAs on behalf of their eligible campuses.
· A waiver of Section 1116(b)(12) of the ESEA to permit LEAs to allow their Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III Title I participating schools that will fully implement a turnaround or restart model beginning in the 2011-2012 school year to “start over” in the school improvement timeline.
An LEA will implement this waiver only if the LEA receives a School Improvement Grant and requests the waiver in its application as part of a plan to implement the turnaround or restart model beginning in 2011-2012 in a school that the Agency has approved it to serve. As such, the LEA may only implement the waiver in Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools as applicable, included in its application.
· A waiver of the 40 percent poverty eligibility threshold in section 1114(a)(1) of the ESEA to permit LEAs to implement a schoolwide program in a Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III Title I participating school that does not meet the poverty threshold and is fully implementing one of the four school intervention models.
This waiver will permit an LEA to implement this waiver only if the LEA receives a School Improvement Grant and requests to implement the waiver in its application. As such, the LEA may only implement the waiver in Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools, as applicable, included in its application."
To access the Texas Education Agency TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED letter on this topic, click on the link below.