PUBLIC NOTICE AND COMMENT: Comment period opens for a one year waiver of section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1225(b), to extend the period of availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Title I, Part A funds awarded under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), until September 30, 2015


For Immediate Release                                       Contact: Tina McKnight, 410.767.0286


Baltimore, MD (April 11, 2014)

The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding its request to the United States Department of Education (USED) for a one year waiver of section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1225(b), to extend the period of availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Title I, Part A funds awarded under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), until September 30, 2015.  This request for the waiver, submitted pursuant to section 9401(d)(2) of the ESEA, would permit the Maryland State Department of Education, in accordance with criteria Maryland develops, to identify and allow local educational agencies (LEAs) additional time to expend remaining FY 2012 SIG funds.

The Maryland State Department of Education believes that the additional time is in the public interest and will enable continued full and effective implementation of selected SIG intervention models for one additional year.

Below is a list for each LEA with the amount of FY 2012 SIG funds remaining and the name of each school within the LEA that would use this extension.

Local Education Agency (LEA)
LEA NCES ID
SIG II Schools
Cohort 2
NCES Number
Tier I
Tier II
Baltimore City Public School System

Unspent funds as of
April 1, 2014:
$2,061,379
33% spent down

2400090
Cherry Hill Elementary/ Middle 24000900017
X
_
Benjamin Franklin High School @Masonville Cove 240009000157
_
X
Frederick Douglass High School 240009000209
_
X
 

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Prince George's County Public Schools

Unspent funds as of
April 1, 2014:
$1,870,287
44% spent down

2400510
Oxon Hill Middle School 240051001471
_
X
Thomas Johnson Middle School 240051001175
_
X



 



The state education agency (SEA) will approve an LEA’s request to implement the waiver only if the LEA has effectively used FY 2012 SIG Title I, Part A funds to carry out the SIG final requirements to improve student achievement, in accordance with section 9401(d)(2)(A) of the ESEA.

Written comments will only be accepted from April 11, 2014 through April 25, 2014.


Comments must be addressed to:

Tina McKnight, Interim Director
Program Improvement and Family Support Branch
Division of Student, Family and School Support
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

OR

tmcknight@msde.state.md.us

If you have any concerns regarding this notice, please do not hesitate to contact Tina McKnight by phone at 410.767.0286.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE AND COMMENT: Comment period opens for a one year waiver of section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1225(b), to extend the period of availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) Title I, Part A funds awarded under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), until September 30, 2015