Delaware K-12 schools will have the option to continue offering free nutritious school meals during the 2021-2022 school year, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) announced today. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) released a group of waivers and eligibility guidelines allowing schools to offer meals without determining eligibility based on the student’s household income.
Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field. Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.
Students from 16 schools represented the First State at the National Virtual Technology Student Association (TSA) conference in June. Finalists competed in events such as computer-aided design; chapter team; coding; cybersecurity, debating technological issues; essays on technology; forensic technology; foundations of information technology; junior solar sprint; leadership strategies; tech bowl; on demand video; video game design; website design and more. The virtual conference included nearly 7,000 individ
Federal accountability waiver approved April 6
On February 22, 2021, USED provided state education agencies with the option to submit an accountability waiver in lieu of the addendum. The newly released accountability waiver includes all aspects included in Delaware’s original addendum request, which was informed by extensive stakeholder feedback and public comment, but also adds a one-year waiver from identifying schools for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and a waiver from including participation rates below 95% in proficiency calculations.
Provide public comment on Perkins V revisions
DDOE and the State Board of Education are currently seeking public comment on the revised state-determined performance levels under the Delaware Perkins State Plan. As a result of COVID-19 and the unanticipated circumstances in an academic year, adjustments can be made to the state-determined levels (see rational here). In Delaware's Perkins V plan, the state-determined Levels of Performance are the basis of a multiple measure accountability model between DDOE and the U. S. Department of Education, and includes baseline outcomes and the anticipated performance trajectory over a four-year period. State-determined performance levels do not have a bearing on the local accountability models. To provide comment on this matter, submit feedback by the close of business on Tuesday, April 20 via Delaware.SBE@SBE.k12.de.us or by mail to: Delaware State Board of Education, Attn: Perkins State Plan Review, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901.
Delaware Title IV, Part A Waiver
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank T. Brogan recently released an invitation to participate in a waiver similar to the CARES Act waiver under ESEA section 8401(b) for FY 2021 Title IV, Part A funds during the 2020-2021 school year. In light of the continued disruption of to learning caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Delaware Department of Education has applied for and been given approval authority to waive the following requirements and Title IV, Part A provisions.
- Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, related to LEA needs assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to content-area spending requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Title IV, Part A funds.
- Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to the fifteen percent spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FY 2021 Title IV, Part A funds.
Please note that all other requirements in Title IV, Part A of the ESEA would continue to apply.
Districts or charter Schools who wish to apply and use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet their needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment should drop the Title IV, Part A Waiver document into their LEA letterhead, fill out, sign and email to TitleProgram.Q&A@doe.k12.de.us.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Title IV, Part A waiver, please view FAQs.
Any other questions, comments or assistance can be obtained by calling or emailing the Title Programs and Grants Support Team at (302) 857-3385 or at TitlePrograms.Q&A@doe.k12.de.us.
To provide comments or question regarding these waivers or the state’s application to obtain authority to give these waivers, please complete this survey.
One response overall. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 indicating support for the Delaware CARES Act waivers, the one respondent selected a 5. Individual comments are as follows:
- Seeking the tech waiver would be extremely helpful for district planning during COVID.
Provide feedback on Delaware Ed-Flex application
DDOE is applying to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers of certain federal grant requirements. This application process is called Ed-Flex and is made available to states through the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999, as evidenced by the more-recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ed-Flex provides states, districts and charter schools with increased flexibility in implementing federal education programs.
Learn more about Delaware’s Ed-Flex application and provide comments online at https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/1143.
Building a New DOE Website
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