***UPDATED*** Ignore the below comments I made based on this public notice. School Improvement Grants, otherwise known as SIG funds, are grants given to schools that may or may already be in a priority school status. The waiver Penny Schwinn is requesting is to have the availability of these funds extended from 2016 until 2020. Schools actually request these, as can be seen on this list of schools that have applied for SIG funds in the past. Yes, I do correct mistakes!
I just found this on the DOE website while trying to find other information:
Notice is hereby given, that the Delaware Department of Education (Department) has posted the following for comment:
An application for Title I, 1003(g) School Improvement Grant funds, which can be found here, will be submitted to the US Department of Education on April 15, 2015. The application will include the waiver shown below. The Delaware Department of Education will accept comment on this request through May 15, 2015. All comments received on the request will be forwarded to the US Department of Education through May 15, 2015.
The State requests the following waiver:
- In order to extend the period of availability beyond September 30, 2016, waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2014 school improvement funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2020.
Public comment regarding the waiver request mentioned above can be submitted to: Penny Schwinn, Chief Accountability and Performance Officer, Accountability, Assessment, Performance Management and Evaluation, Telephone (302) 735-4090; FAX: (302) 739-3092; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If I were a parent or educator in any low-income school that receives Title I funding, I would send an email of opposition to Penny Schwinn as soon as possible. Because this is not about the existing priority schools but using funds to create new ones. This was at the very bottom of Schwinn’s link to the application:
A “new award” is defined as an award of SIG funds to an LEA for a school that the LEA was not previously approved to serve with SIG funds in the school year for which funds are being awarded—in this case, the 2015–2016 school year. New awards may be made with the FY 2014 funds or any remaining SIG funds not already committed to grants made in earlier competitions.