Title I, Part A

Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools, with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families, to assist schools in ensuring that all children meet challenging academic standards. Districts or schools accepting Title I funds are required to provide all children with fair, equitable and significant educational opportunities to obtain a high-quality education and to reach--at a minimum--proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.

Request to Waive the 15 Percent Limitation on Carryover of 2019-20 Title I, Part A Funds 

This is essential information for all local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive more than $50,000 in Title I Part A money.

Waiver Information for Title I Part A Carryover from 2019-20 into 2020-21

In April of 2020, Minnesota was granted the authority to approve waivers requested by any LEAs intending to carryover/carry forward more than 15 percent of their 2019-20 ESEA Title I Part A allocation into the 2020-21 school year. In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, this waiver is available even if the LEA had received approval to exceed this limitation in the past three years.

Waiver requests must be submitted by October 15, 2020.
Once your school district submits a waiver request, your district or charter will be granted a waiver receipt and approval. Please keep that documentation in your LEA’s official files.

Standard Eligibility for Title I Part A Carryover Waiver
In a typical year, LEAs are eligible to request a waiver of the 15 percent carryover limitation once every three years. All LEAs with Title I Part A, allocations of  $50,000.00 or more are required budget 85 percent of their district’s Title I adjusted award amount by September 1. Any funds transferred from FIN414 (Title II, Part A) and/or FIN433 (Title IV, Part A) become part of the Title I, Part A, allocation and apply to the 15 percent carryover limitation.

The carryover limitation is calculated by taking the amount of the current year award plus transfers and subtracting the total expenditures incurred by September 30 of the following year. Without a waiver, any amount in excess of the calculated 15 percent limitation amount are deducted from the following year’s LEA’s allocation.

Minnesota Title I, Part A, Waiver Request to Carry Forward more than 15 percent of 2019-2020 funds into 2020-2021

For assistance with questions, contact the Equity and Opportunity Division at: mde.esea@state.mn.us or call 651-582-8579.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 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 LEAs and students as needed. Translations for the entire ESSA collection are provided in Spanish, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese and Karen translations. All Minnesota districts and charter schools can utilize the TransACT website with free access. Individuals within the district can activate their free account at TransACT.com. Choose either Log In/Register in the upper, right corner, or New User? Register for Access!

Title I Resources