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Subject:  LEAs and Buildings Identified for School Improvement Applying to Become a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider

ListServ Message Date:  August 10, 2009

Missouri has requested a one-year waiver of the Title I.A regulatory provision that prohibits a State from approving as providers of Supplemental Educational Services (SES) schools identified for improvement, corrective action or restructuring and local educational agencies (LEAs) identified for improvement or corrective action (34 C.F.R. § 200.47(b)(1)(iv)(A),(B).  Under the law, Missouri may approve as a SES provider only an entity that has a demonstrated record of effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement.  Missouri believes that identified schools and LEAs may be able to establish they have an effective program that can help improve academic achievement of students and should not be prevented automatically from gaining approval simply because of their improvement status.  Missouri has requested this waiver based on guidance B8 through B15 of the Non-Regulatory Guidance on Title I, Part A Waivers www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/title-i-waiver.doc

In anticipation of our waiver request being approved, Missouri will open another window for ONLY those LEAs and buildings identified for School Improvement that wish to apply to be a SES provider.  The application window will be open August 10 through September 15, 2009.  We will use the same criteria and process for this window of applications as the application period that closed in March.  The services you provide as a SES provider are different than the instructional program during the day and any current after-school program the building or LEA already has in place.  Those that meet the criteria will receive a conditional approval until Missouri’s waiver request is approved by USED.  If Missouri’s waiver request is not approved, all conditional approvals will be void.  This waiver is for one year only, the 2009-10 school year.  For future years, Secretary Duncan intends to propose a rule to amend or repeal the regulatory provision that prohibits a SEA from approving an identified school or LEA as a SES provider.

The LEA and building will need to proceed with sending all the required SES information to parents of eligible children even though they are going to apply to become a provider.  If approved as a SES provider, then an updated mailing could be sent to eligible parents.  If the LEA or building is approved as a SES provider, the building in School Improvement still has to notify eligible parents of all approved SES providers in Missouri that are on the list for that area. 

The 2009-2010 SES application and scoring rubric for this application period may be found at   http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/grantmgmnt/Supplemental_Services/ and then click on the ‘Providers’ button.  Three technical assistance meetings will be held to offer information about SES and the application process.  These meetings will give LEAs and buildings an opportunity to ask questions about the SES application, and to understand the requirements of being a LEA or building and being a provider.  The information for the three meetings follows:

                Tues., August 18               St. Louis           10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

                                                                                  Cooperating School District (CSD)

                                                                                  1460 Craig Road, St. Louis  63146

                Wed., August 19               Kansas City      10:00 AM – 12:30 PM     

                                                                                  UMKC Professional Development Ctr                                                                                   Union Station, Suite 401

                                                                                  West Pershing, Kansas City  64108

                Fri., August 21                   Jefferson City    9:30 AM – 12:00 PM      

                                                                                   Governor Office Building, Room 470

                                                                                   200 Madison Street, Jefferson City

                                                                                   65101

If you have any questions, contact Mary Pearce at the phone number or email address below.  

 

Mary C. Pearce

Supervisor, Federal Programs

SES Contact

Phone:  573-526-4472

Fax:  573-526-6698

Email:  Mary.Pearce@dese.mo.gov

Larry Flakne, Director

Federal Instructional Improvement