Request for Comment on Waiver for Extension of SIG Cohort 1 Funds

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is seeking comment on its intention to apply to the US Department of Education for an extension of time to expend cohort 1 School Improvement Grant funds.  Please read the full description below and send any comments to dan.brown@azed.gov.

 

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is requesting the approval of an amendment to Arizona Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 School Improvement Grants Application to extend the waiver previously granted to extend the period of availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2009 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds until September 30, 2014.  This request to extend the waiver would permit ADE, to identify and allow local educational agencies (LEAs) with Cohort 1 SIG schools additional time to expend remaining FY 2009 SIG funds in those schools.

 

This amendment, if approved, would apply to an LEA with one or more Tier I or II SIG schools that began fully implementing a SIG intervention model at the start of the 2010-2011 school year (Cohort 1).  Such an LEA that is interested in implementing the extended waiver would need to request and receive ADE’s permission to implement it.

 

ADE seeks this extended waiver because the vast majority of our SIG schools could not appropriately and effectively expend the large amounts in their grants within the three year time frame originally givenADE believes that the additional time is in the public interest and will enable qualifying LEAs to ensure that their Cohort 1 schools are able to use remaining FY 2009 SIG funds to support continued full and effective implementation of selected SIG intervention models for one additional year.

 

Below is a list of each LEA with remaining FY 2009 SIG funds that is likely to seek to implement this extension.  If the amendment seeking an extended waiver of the period of availability is approved, ADE assures it will:

 

  • ·         For each LEA with remaining FY 2009 funds that has a school that would apply for this extension, and for each of those schools within the LEA that would use this extension, the amount of funds remaining.
  • ·         An assurance that the SEA will approve an LEA’s request to implement the extended waiver only if the LEA has effectively used FY 2009 funds to carry out the SIG final requirements and improve student achievement, in accordance with section 9401(d)(2)(A) of the ESEA.
  • ·         An assurance that the SEA will develop criteria that will enable it to determine whether an LEA can continue to fully and effectively implement one of the models in its Tier I or II Cohort 1 schools for an additional year. 
  • ·         An assurance that, prior to approving an LEA’s request to implement the extended waiver, the SEA will apply the criteria it develops to ensure that the LEA will use the funds to fully and effectively implement a SIG intervention model in one or more Tier I or Tier II Cohort 1 SIG schools for one additional school year, including by reviewing and approving revised LEA budgets and plans for continuing full and effective implementation of the model during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • ·         An assurance that the SEA will develop a technical assistance and support plan that outlines how it will continue to support LEAs’ implementation of the intervention models for the selected Tier I and Tier II Cohort 1 schools that are approved to implement the extended waiver.
  • ·         An assurance that the SEA will develop a monitoring plan for the 2013-2014 school year, specifically for the LEAs that are approved to implement the extended waiver.
  • ·         An assurance that, within 30 days of the SEA’s approving LEA requests to implement the extended waiver, the SEA will post on its public Web site and submit to the Department the names of the LEAs it has approved to implement the extended waiver, the schools within those LEAs that will benefit from the extension of the period of availability of the funds, and, for each LEA and school, the amount of funds that will be extended.

 

 

Cohort 1 Schools Potentially Applying for Extension

SCHL CODE

School Name

DIST CODE

District Name

Cohort

5637

Alchesay High School                                                           

4394

Whiteriver Unified District                                                    

1

5847

Baboquivari High School                                                        

4412

Indian Oasis-Baboquivari Unified                                               

1

5635

Canyon Day Junior High School                                                  

4394

Whiteriver Unified District                                                    

1

5466

Girls Leadership Academy                                                       

4300

Florence Crittenton Services                                                

1

87350

East Valley High School                                                        

87349

Legacy Education Group                                                         

1

6183

Gadsden Elementary School                                                      

4505

Gadsden Elementary District                                                    

1

5767

Howenstine High School                                                         

4403

Tucson Unified District                                                        

1

88366

Imagine Elementary at Camelback                                                

88365

Imagine Charter at Camelback                                              

1

79476

James Sandoval Preparatory H S

79475

James Sandoval Preparatory High                                                

1

5580

Mt Tipton Elementary School                                                    

79598

Kingman Unified School District                                                

1

5566

Peach Springs School                                                           

4369

Peach Springs Unified District                                                 

1

79960

Pima Partnership School, The                                                   

79959

Pima Prevention Partnership                                                

1

6264

Project More High School                                                       

4403

Tucson Unified District                                                        

1

5989

San Carlos Intermediate                                                        

4210

San Carlos Unified District                                                    

1

4863

San Carlos Junior High School                                                  

4210

San Carlos Unified District                                                    

1

6105

Seligman High School                                                           

4472

Seligman Unified District                                                      

1

79698

Seven Mile School                                                              

4394

Whiteriver Unified District                                                    

1

 

 

Please send any comments to dan.brown@azed.gov.