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The Federal Programs office channels federal funds to school districts across the state and provides technical assistance for specific programs.

2013-14 Federal Programs Calendar for LEAs (updated November 8, 2013)

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Opportunity for Additional Flexibility for Districts on Title I Funds

Tennessee is requesting a waiver (access request here) from the U.S. Department of Education of the limitation in section 1127(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) which would permit the state department of education to grant a carryover limitation waiver to an LEA more than once in a three-year period. If granted, this would mean that even LEAs who have carried over Title I funds in the past three years could apply to the state for a waiver to do so again for the coming fiscal year. If the state is granted the proposed waiver, we will share additional information at that point on how to submit an LEA waiver for carryover.

We believe the requested waiver may help LEAs direct and budget their funds more thoughtfully with this additional flexibility.  Exercising this additional waiver is also beneficial for LEAs as it could lessen the impact of sequestration on the 2013-14 school year. 

If you have comments regarding the requested SEA waiver, please provide in writing via e-mail to by May 13, 2013.  All comments will be included in the state's waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education. Please also feel free to reach out to Eve with any questions about the state or LEA waiver process.  

6/14/13 Waiver to Extend Obligation of Funds for School Improvementdownload pdf file

2/23/12 Waiver to Extend SIG Fundsdownload pdf file

2/23/12 Waiver to Modify Persistently Lowest-Achieving Definitiondownload pdf file

2/23/12 Request for Comments on Waiver to Extend SIG Fundsdownload pdf file

11/14/11 ESEA Flexibility Request Application - (Media Release)download pdf file

10/11/11 Request for Waiver to Extend Obligation of Funds for State Administered ESEA Programs to 9/30/12 download pdf file

7/29/11 Request for Waiver of Provisions of Title I of the ESEA Act as Reauthorized by the NCLB Act download pdf file

5/20/11 Request for Waiver to carry over 100% of FYI Schools Improvement Grant Funds to LEAsdownload pdf file

4/15/11 Request for Waiver of State-Level Requirements for the 2011-12 School Improvement Grant (SIG)download pdf file

12/10/10 Request for Waiver for Natural Disaster Provisionsdownload pdf file
for two LEAs who could not fully administer TCAP

12/6/10 Request for Waiver (6-month):download pdf file
Allow LEAs with Title I Schools Newly Identified as in School Improvement (2010-2011) to Offer SES in lieu of Public School Choice to Eligible Students in Title I Schools

8/30/10 Request for Comments on Waivers School Improvement Timelinedownload pdf file

7/16/10 Request for Comments on Available Waivers of Title I, Part A Requirementsdownload Word file

3/5/10 School Improvement Grant Waiver-Definition of "Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools"download Word file

1/13/10 School Improvement Grant Waiver Letterdownload pdf file

12/2/09 Request For Comments on Waivers of No Child Left Behind Requirementsdownload pdf file

11/12/09 Request For Comments on Available Waivers of Title II, Part A Requirementsdownload pdf file

Request for Comments

Waiver Request to Extend the Periods of Availability for School Improvement Grant Funds

Tennessee is requesting from the U.S. Department of Education to waive section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act [20 U.S.C § 1225(b)] to extend the periods of availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2013 school improvement grant funds to September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2016, respectively. If granted, this would mean that the state can award these funds to serve its third cohort of schools for the second and third years of implementation of the School Improvement Grant.

If you have comments or questions regarding the requested SEA waiver, please e-mail by April 15, 2014. All comments will be included in the state's waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Programs: Documents of Interest

Federal Programs: General Information & Links of Interest