Maintenance of Effort

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The ESSA makes a number of changes to certain fiscal requirements that existed in the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), including changes to: Title I, Part A (hereafter Title I) within-State allocations; Title I within-district allocations; Title II, Part A allocations; maintenance of effort requirements. These changes take effect beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2017 Title I funds that the Department expects to award on July 1, 2017, for use primarily in the 2017–2018 school year.

Changes to Maintenance of Effort Requirements

The ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, made several updates to the maintenance of effort provision in the 2016 Title I fiscal guidance. Please note that provisions that did not change, including the information on expenditures to be included, expenditures to be excluded, and the definition of preceding fiscal year, are still available on page 11 of the 2008 Title I fiscal guidance and remain applicable.

2016 Non-Regulatory Guidance – Fiscal Issues