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New Mexico Public Education Department: Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)

Deadline: September 22, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects the civil rights tradition of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which reflects the nation’s longstanding commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The ultimate goal is to provide all students, regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, religion, family income, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, language status, gender, or migrant status a high-quality education.

Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. SSAE funds provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities the flexibility to tailor investments based on the needs of their unique student populations. The purpose of the SSAE funds is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), LEAs, schools, and local communities to:

  • Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education
  • Improve school conditions for student learning
  • Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students

Applications may be used to support or complement existing PED and district initiatives such as the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) program, New Mexico Reads to Lead early learning initiative, Graduation Reality and Dual-role Skills (GRADS) programs, etc.

Amount: The total amount of the state’s SSAE funds for award is $2,772,289.05. The amount of competitive awards available by category:

  • Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities: At least $554,457.81
  • Safe and Healthy Students: At least $1,801,987.88
  • Effective Use of Technology: As much as $415,843.36

Competitive subgrants will be made for a term of one year in an amount not less than $10,000. All grants will be awarded for the 2017-2018 school year and are non-recurring (the LEA/Charter School or consortia must apply for funds annually). With prior approval from the PED, funds may be expended for the entire 27 months or Tydings period.*

LEAs/State Charter Schools/consortia of LEAs receiving a competitive subgrant and using funds to carry out only activities to support the effective use of technology can use up to 25 percent (25%) of its competitive subgrant for purchasing technology infrastructure.

Eligibility: LEAs/State Charter Schools or consortia of LEAs that receive Title I, Part A funds. Participating schools may be elementary, middle, or high schools. LEAs/State Charter Schools or consortia of LEAs must prioritize the distribution of funds to schools based on one or more of several factors, including schools that are:

  • Among those with the greatest needs, as determined by the LEA;
  • Have the highest number or percentage of students from low-income families;
  • Identified for comprehensive support and improvement under Title I, part A of the ESEA;
  • Are implementing targeted support and improvement plans under Title I, part A of the ESEA; or
  • Are identified as a persistently dangerous public school under section 8532 of the ESEA.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

*Note: Congress adopted the Tydings Amendment as incorporated in the General Education Provisions Act. The amendment provided education agencies additional time to spend the Federal funds they receive. Based on the Tydings Amendment, the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) allows grantees to carryover for one additional year any Federal education funds that were not obligated in the period for which they were appropriated. For grants that are forward-funded, grantees can have up to 27 months to obligate appropriated funds beginning as early as July 1 of the Federal fiscal year. Unless an extension is approved, grantees must liquidate obligations within 90 days of the end of the funding period.

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