Updated Guidance from USDE and TEA
USDE Provides Additional Time to Comply with New Title I, Part A Supplement, Not Supplant Requirement under ESSA
In a prior news bulletin issued on November 30, 2017, TEA reminded LEAs of the deadline set by USDE of December 10, 2017, to develop a supplement, not supplant methodology that complies with the requirement under 1118(b)(2) of ESSA.
In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new law, USDE today provided additional time to meet the supplement, not supplant compliance requirement. LEAs do not need to have their methodology in place by December 10, 2017. However, the LEA must have a methodology in place for use in the 2018-2019 school year.
Please note that ESSA still requires that, even if the new methodology is not yet in place, TEA and LEAs utilize all Title I, Part A funds only to supplement the funds that would, in the absence of such Title I, Part A funds, be made available from State and local sources for the education of students participating in programs assisted under Title I, Part A, and not to supplant, such State and local funds.
The supplement not supplant requirement under Title I remains critically important to ensuring that Title I funds provide additional resources to students and teachers in Title I schools that have high concentrations of students from low-income families to counteract the effects of poverty to make it more likely that all children are provided significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.
Methodology Submission to TEA Not Required
Once you have developed a new supplement, not supplant methodology, you will keep this documentation locally. You will not be required to submit your methodology to TEA.
TEA Training on Supplement, Not Supplant Methodology
TEA will be providing training in the spring 2018 on how to develop the new supplement, not supplant methodology. More details about the training will be released in January 2018.