Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/Federal Title Programs

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently authorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, is federal legislation that promotes student achievement through school and district reform. ESSA requires each state to develop and implement a system for holding all districts and schools accountable for the education of students.

ESEA Federal Title Programs Gov Delivery Listserv Updates

Prior Published ESEA Updates

The Division of Equity and Opportunity is here to support you with your ESEA Title Grant Programs!

If your question is regarding something in SERVS-Financial that is not program-specific, such as how to accept funds, upload a document, or help with getting an error message, contact mde.esea@state.mn.us. This email address is monitored by multiple people and will get the fastest technical support for SERVS-Financial.
Contact the program specialists listed below for questions related to:
  • Specific ESEA grant programs, such as allowable uses of funds, guidance on how to answer a specific narrative question, etc.
  • Implementation guidelines, to learn weather a practice is compliant or advisable.
  • Nonpublic equitable services 

Program Specialists Contact Information
ESEA Grant Program Program SpecialistMonitoring Specialist
Title I, Part ACindy Ward-ThompsonWayne Kuklinski
Title I, Part C (Migrant)Noemi TreviñoJulie Chi
Title I, Part DMoi BoudoirLeigh Schleicher
Title II, Part ARenee RingoldWayne Kuklinski
Title III, Part ABarbara Al NouriJulie Chi
Title III, ImmigrantMichael BowlusJulie Chi
Title IV, Part AKate Beesch, Sarah CarterWayne Kuklinski
REAP (RLIS/SRSA)Cindy Ward-ThompsonAlicia Waeffler
HomelessRoberto ReyesRoberto Reyes
Nonpublic ServicesAlicia WaefflerWayne Kuklinski

ESEA Parent Notification

Required ESSA parent notifications and other translated communication are located on TransACT.com. This website provides Minnesota schools and districts with access to required parent notification letters in English and multiple other languages. Schools and districts are required to ensure that all communication with parents is in a language and format accessible to them. For languages not provided here, the English version may be translated as needed. These documents can be customized for individual local educational agencies (LEAs) and students as needed. Translations for the entire ESSA collection are provided in Spanish, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese and Karen translations.

Documents and Resources

  •  - 6/1/21
    The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is seeking applications from districts that receive Title I, Part A funds. Parent and district staff and stakeholders are welcome. Please follow the link to learn more about the Committee of Practitioners.
  • Preliminary SY22 ESEA Title Subgrant Awards 401, 406, 414, 417, 433 - 5/14/21
    Preliminary awards are provided for LEAs to begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year. These awards are subject to change and will be recalculated in late fall 2021 using the final appropriations provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
  •  - 8/14/20
    This document contains definitions and eligibility considerations concerning federal Title funds for charter schools in their first year of operation and charter schools experiencing significant expansion of enrollment.
  • Nonpublic Services and Equitable Share During COVID-19 - 3/23/20
  •  - 6/6/18
  •  - 3/13/17
    This document outlines the process to follow if an organization or individual has reason to believe that the state or district is not correctly administering an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Program.