Notice of Public Comment - SIG Application Waiver
The Iowa Department of Education will request a waiver for the approval of an amendment to Iowa’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 School Improvement Grants Application to extend the waiver previously granted under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1225(b), to extend the period of availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2009 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds awarded under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, until September 30, 2014.
In accordance with these provisions, extending the waiver, submitted pursuant to section 9401(d)(2) of the ESEA, would permit the Iowa Department of Education, in accordance with criteria the Iowa Department of Education develops, to identify and allow local educational agencies, Des Moines Public Schools and the Waterloo Community School District, with Cohort 1 SIG schools additional time to expend remaining FY 2009 SIG funds in those schools.
The Iowa Department of Education seeks this extended waiver because our experiences in providing technical assistance and analyzing achievement data and SIG leading indicators, coupled with research on school turnaround clearly indicates five to seven years is needed to properly enact turnaround change and see an improvement in student achievement. Both the Des Moines Public School district and the Waterloo Community School District have requested multiple times throughout the past two years for an extension on using SIG funds and resources to properly implement turnaround strategies. Iowa believes that the additional time is in the public interest and will enable qualifying LEAs to ensure that their Cohort 1 schools are able to use remaining FY 2009 SIG funds to support continued full and effective implementation of selected SIG intervention models for one additional year.
The Department invites the public comment on this notice of intent to request a waiver by sending email to Amy Williamson, Bureau Chief for School Improvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 27, 2013.