Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos New funds authorized flexibilities to support lifelong learning for COVID-19 National April 6, 2020 Emergency Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press @ ed .gov
  • WASHINGTON - secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced a new streamlined process to provide sets financing flexibilities to better meet the needs of students and educators during the national emergency COVID-19. The new flexibilities allowed under the coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES) Act, allow schools to reuse fund K-12 education exists for technology infrastructure and training of teachers in teaching distance, among other flexibilities to move resources to areas of greatest need during a national emergency.

    "Across the country, students, teachers and families are demonstrating that learning can and does happen anywhere," said Secretary of DeVos. "To the extend additional funding flexibility to schools, we are helping to ensure the learning of the student continues and support teachers in their transition to virtual classrooms. Local leaders have requested the ability to direct more resources to local needs, and these new tools will help them do just that. "

    The law, signed by President CARES Donald J. Trump on March 27 now allows states and school districts to devote more of its resources to federal technology infrastructure to support distance learning for students and professional development for teachers who teach distance, many for the first time. To provide a simplified process for obtaining financing flexibilities, states will be able to make decisions quickly to meet the needs of their students.

    Any state can complete a short form available in oese.ed.gov, and will receive an initial determination on a weekday. Using the form, states can receive flexibility in the use of funds and other covered requirements under the Law on Primary and Secondary Education of 1965 (ESEA), including Title I, Parts AD, Title II, Title III, Part A, title IV, parts AB, and title V programs. Specifically, states may request exemption of:

  • Section 1127 (b) of Title I, Part A ESEA waive limitation driver 15% for Part I, Part A;
  • Section 421 (b) of the Provisions General Education Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of funds before the fiscal year for Title I, Parts AD, Title II, Title III, Part a, Title IV, parts AB, and Title V, programs Part B, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless children and youth program;
  • Section 4106 (d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA to give up a needs assessment to justify the use of funds;
  • Section 4106 (e) (2) (C), (D), and (e) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA needs of specific content to waive spending;
  • Section 4109 (b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA to waive restrictions on technology infrastructure costs; and
  • Section 8101 (42) of the ESEA give up the definition of "professional development", which otherwise could limit the ability to quickly train school leaders and teachers on topics such as effective learning techniques distance.

    This action follows earlier announcement of a waiver process turnkey allows states to cancel the test standardized by the federal government mandate, in response to the closure of generalized schools following the declaration of a national emergency Department. Since that announcement, the Secretary DeVos has approved waivers for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is based more on the actions of the State Department support and local education leaders since the outbreak of COVID-19, including guidance to ensure students with disabilities have access to distance learning opportunities and providing an extension for states that need additional time to develop career and technical education plans within the framework of strengthening the career and technical education Act century (Perkins V). 21

    The Department continues to update www.ed.gov/coronavirus information for students, parents, educators and local leaders on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19

    For more information About COVID-19, visit the following websites :. coronavirus.gov, cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and. usa.gov/coronavirus

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