ESSA Update

September 2020

Public Comment Needed on ESSA Waiver Related to 21st CCLC

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is seeking public comment on a waiver to the United States Department of Education that will allow the OPI to waive the definition of out-of-school time found in ESSA Section 4201(b)(1)(A) for the 2020-2021 school year. This will provide local programs with more flexibility to meet community needs related to COVID-19 by allowing for the use of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funds to support programming when schools are currently operating. This waiver requires that modified programming align with the spirit of the subgrantee’s original approved application and is supplemental in nature.

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