Supplemental Educational Services

Elementary and Second Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver
 
August 31, 2012
 
Dear Parent or Guardian,
 
On May 29, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USDoE) granted the Ohio
Department of Education (ODE) a waiver of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act
of 2001 (NCLB). The purpose of this letter is to explain how parts of the ESEA Flexibility waiver
under Title I, Part A of NCLB relate to your child’s education.
 
Notice to Parents
Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to notify parents if any of their schools or
the district itself were identified for Improvement. This provision has been waived, and districts
no longer are required to send a letter out to notify parents of School or District Improvement
status.
 
Public School Choice
Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to offer students attending schools
identified to be in Improvement status the opportunity to attend another public school not so
identified. Districts were required to provide or pay for the provision of transportation to the
transfer school. This provision has been waived, and districts are no longer required to offer
this option.
 
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Under Title I, Part A of NCLB, districts were required to offer students attending schools
identified for Improvement, Year 2 and higher the opportunity to receive Supplemental
Educational Services (SES), free tutoring services using external providers. This provision has
been waived, and districts no longer are required to offer SES. In the place of SES, districts are
required to set aside 20% to expand learning time. William Bick Primary will use this money to
offer a before school reading program and Hill Intermediate School will use this money to offer
an after school reading program.
 
Additional information concerning Ohio’s ESEA Flexibility waiver application and other waiver
provisions can be found on the ODE website (ODE Web Site Waiver Provisions) and the USDE’s
flexibility webpage (http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility). You may contact the district’s Title
I coordinator, Matt Wagner, at 734-2271 ext. 4 or at wagner_m@betheltate.org for more
information.
 
Melissa Kircher