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NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: NOVEMBER 29, 2010

NCDPI REQUESTS WAIVERS TO TITLE I, PART A, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS 1003(G); CITIZEN COMMENT PERIOD ENDS DEC. 3

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is seeking waivers to requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) related to the state’s application for School Improvement Grants 1003(g). These grants serve low performing Title I schools. Ctizens are invited to comment on these waiver requests through Dec. 3.

These waivers would allow any local educational agency (LEA) in the State that receives a School Improvement Grant to

  • Waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2009 carryover school improvement funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2014.
  • Waive section 1116(b)(12) of the ESEA to permit LEAs to allow their Tier I schools that will implement a turnaround or restart model to “start over” in the school improvement timeline.
  • Waive the 40 percent poverty eligibility threshold in section 1114(a)(1) of the ESEA to permit LEAs to implement a schoolwide program in a Tier I school that does not meet the poverty threshold.

Comments about these waiver requests should be sent to:
Donna Brown, Section Chief
Program Monitoring
MSC# 6351
Raleigh, NC 27699-6351
Email: dbrown@dpi.state.nc.us

The goals of the requested waiver(s) are to increase the quality of instruction for students and improve the academic achievement of students in Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools by enabling an LEA to use more effectively the school improvement funds to implement one of the four approved SIG school intervention models in its Tier I or Tier II schools and to carry out school improvement activities in its Tier III schools. The four school intervention models are specifically designed to raise substantially the achievement of students in the State’s persistently lowest-achieving schools.

The public is invited to review and comment on the waivers being requested by December 3, 2010. Learn more about the federal School Improvement Grants online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/grants/

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.