CARES Act Equitable Services
ED released guidance outlining its interpretation of how states and districts must provide CARES Act equitable services. Notably, ED’s guidance requires the CARES Act equitable services set-aside to be calculated on total enrollments in public verse private schools, not taking poverty into account. This appears inconsistent with the Congressional language on the way equitable services should be provided and with how allocations to States and districts are calculated, so taking States and districts by surprise – and is likely to draw significant pushback. The guidance answers additional questions, such as what non-public schools are eligible for the funds, who may be served, which LEA is responsible for providing the equitable services, and how and when to begin the consultation process. This session will cover ED’s guidance and its impact on districts. We will also cover Congressional and district reactions to the guidance, and the general enforceability given the disclaimer that the contents “do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.”
Who Will Benefit?
This webinar is of value to all federal granting agencies, federal grant recipients, and everyone who works with federal grants, including:
- Grant and program administrators
- Grant program staff
- State, district and school personnel
- Program monitors
What Will You Learn?
- Review the ESSA Section 1117 and Section 8501 equitable services requirements, including key differences;
- Cover the CARES Act funding allocations and provision on equitable services and public control overfunding;
- Discuss ED’s interpretation and recent guidance on how CARES Act equitable services must be provided “in the same manner as” Section 1117; and
- Be provided recommendations for compliance and next steps in addressing ED’s guidance and providing equitable services under the CARES Act.
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