[NHDOE-ETNews] Updates on Budget for ESSA Title IV-a

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon May 8 08:41:59 EDT 2017

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ITEM:  Updates on Budget for ESSA Title IV-a


Title IV-a
The budget bill passed earlier this week allocated $400 million for the Title IV-a Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program which is far below the $1.6 billion authorized level passed in the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This funding level is insufficient for states to distribute via formula and states are therefore given the option to distribute via competition.  SETDA along with a coalition of organizations advocating for full funding for Title IV-a are already working towards full funding for FY 2018.

Here is how the competition at the state level would look:

  *   If a state chooses to run the competition, the state must preserve the integrity of the buckets. For instance, a state receiving $1 million would have to ensure that at least 20% of funds are distributed to districts for safe and healthy programs, 20% for well-rounded programs, and the remaining 60% for any or all three of the programs (safe and healthy, well-rounded, technology).

  *   It is up to the states what they want to do with the 3rd bucket: they could choose to be very specific about what districts apply for, or they can be vague and allow the district to determine what they would like to spend the money on.

  *   Districts can apply for one, two, or all three of the buckets and must complete a needs assessment prior to applying to receive funds from the state.

  *   Priority must be given to high needs districts in a manner that ensures geographic diversity among subgrant recipients representing rural, suburban, and urban areas. This will ensure that rural districts are able to receive some of the grants as well as high-density urban areas.

  *   There is now a 25% cap on technology infrastructure purchases for competitive grants. The 15% cap remains if the dollars are allocated by formula.

  *   The minimum grant award is $10,000 and the duration is for one year.

  *   Districts will have until September of 2018 to obligate the funds.

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