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Public Notice on Maine's Waiver Request of Section 1127(a) on Carryover Limitation Waivers

 

On behalf of all school administrative units, the Maine Department of Education is seeking a waiver of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) that prohibits a State educational agency (SEA) from granting to a local educational agency (LEA) a waiver of the carryover limitation in section 1127(a) of the ESEA more than once every three years.  Section 1127(b) permits an SEA to waive the limitation in section 1127(a) once every three years if: (1) the LEA’s request is reasonable and necessary; or (2) a supplemental Title I, Part A appropriation becomes available.

This waiver will allow Maine to waive the carryover limitation more than once every three years for an LEA that needs the additional waiver because of its Title I, Part A funds made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which is, by definition, a supplemental Title I, Part A appropriation.  Although ARRA funds are behind us, a few districts in Maine have continued to save regular Title I, Part A funds to ensure continued programming and jobs beyond the ARRA timeframe.

This waiver is for a one year period to apply to LEA requests to carry over federal FY11 [state FY12] Title I, Part A funds in excess of the carryover limitation more than once in a three year period. 

Maine believes that the requested waiver will provide the State with the ability to grant an LEA the flexibility it needs to spend its Title I, Part A funds thoughtfully over the course of another year on activities that are most likely to improve the academic achievement of students.  Accordingly, Maine believes that, ultimately, the requested waiver may help more schools and LEAs within the State make AYP by enabling them to direct their funds thoughtfully to activities that will help their students meet the AMOs.

The Maine Department of Education has received many letters of support for this waiver request.  Questions related to this waiver request should be sent by February 24, 2012 to Jackie Godbout, Title IA Program Consultant, at jackie.godbout@maine.gov

 

Department of Education - NCLB
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
Phone #:  207-624-6705
FAX #:  207-624-6706