ESEA section 1501 authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Education to enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements with local educational agencies (LEAs) under which such agencies may consolidate eligible Federal education funds with State and local funds in accordance with certain requirements in order to develop a student-centered funding system based on weighted per-pupil allocations for low-income and otherwise disadvantaged students. Under a local flexibility demonstration agreement, an LEA may use the Federal funds allocated through its system flexibly, provided it meets the purposes of each Federal education program supported by the consolidated Federal funds, including serving students from low-income families, English learners, migratory children, and children who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk, as applicable.
For an LEA that enters into a local flexibility demonstration agreement, the Secretary is authorized to waive those provisions of the ESEA that would otherwise prevent the LEA from using eligible Federal funds as part of such an agreement. Relieving an LEA from certain ESEA requirements in this manner would enable the LEA to use the Federal funds allocated through its student-centered funding system flexibly, provided it meets the purposes of each Federal education program supported by the consolidated Federal funds, including serving students from low-income families, English learners, migratory children, and children who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk, as applicable.
- The U.S. Department of Education (Department) will host two webinars regarding a new pilot to afford local educational agencies (LEAs) flexibility to create equitable, student-centered funding systems next Wednesday, February 21, from 2:00-3:30 pm and Thursday, February 22 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. The intended audience is LEAs, though other interested parties are also welcome. The two webinars will include identical information. To join a webinar, please click the link for the relevant session. Pre-registration is not required. The webinars will be recorded and the recordings as well as the slides will be posted on this page.
- Secretary DeVos' New Student-Centered Funding Pilot Program Announcement
- Application for Student Centered Funding Pilot [WORD,1 MB]
- Reminder: The application deadline is March 12, 2018, for those LEAs planning to implement in school year 2018-2019 or July 15, 2018, for those LEAs expecting to implement in school year 2019-2020. Applicants should send completed applications to WeightedFundingPilot@ed.gov .
- February 2018 Student-centered Funding Webinar [PDF,505 KB]
- Frequently Asked Questions (February 22, 2018)