Date: January 13, 2015
The Honorable Jack Markell
Office of the Governor
Carvel State Office Building
820 North French Street, 12th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
Dear Governor Markell:
I am writing in response to Delaware’s request to amend its approved Race to the Top grant project, including revisions to the project period to implement a portion of its plan. Between November 4 and December 17, 2014, the State submitted documentation to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to support an amendment request to its approved Race to the Top plan. ED has the authority to approve amendments to your plan and budget, provided the revisions do not change the overall scope and objectives of the approved proposal. In March 2013, ED issued Amendment Requests with No-cost Extension Guidance and Principles, indicating the process by which amendments containing requests to provide additional time for a grantee to accomplish the reform goals and deliverables it committed to in its Race to the Top application and approved Scope of Work would be reviewed. To determine whether approval could be granted, ED has applied the conditions and elements specific to no-cost extensions noted in the document, and compared it with the Race to the Top program Principles included in the “Grant Amendment Submission Process” document issued to Governors of grantee States in October 2011.
I approve the following amendment, including an extension to the time period for implementation of one project, as described below.
As described in an April 2, 2014 amendment approval letter, ED indicated that it generally approves Delaware’s process to review local educational agency (LEA) subgrant requests to obligate and liquidate funds after June 30, 2014. On August 18, 2014, Delaware submitted a record of each participating LEA project approved by the State for a no-cost extension and the total funding approved for LEAs’ Year 5 Scopes of Work.
It is ED’s understanding that this no-cost extension will not result in a change in your State’s performance measures and outcomes, nor will they substantially change the scope and objectives of the work. Please note that we expect grantees with no-cost extensions to liquidate all funds by September 1, 2015, given that by law all Race to the Top funds revert to the U.S. Department of Treasury as of October 1, 2015. The State must request and receive approval to move forward with no-cost extensions for any additional projects. This letter will be posted on ED’s website as a record of the amendment.
If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding Race to the Top, please do not hesitate to contact Rachael Tutwiler Fortune of my staff at: (202) 205-8651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued focus on enhancing education for all of Delaware’s students.
Deborah S. Delisle
cc: Mark T. Murphy, Secretary of Education
Penny Schwinn, Chief Accountability and Performance Officer Kate Villari, Race to the Top Delivery Unit