IMPORTANT ! Take Action by November 9th- comment needed on NJ’s 21st CCLC Funding!

 NCLB Waiver Application – Request for Comment from NJ DOE

On September 23, the US Department of Education announced that the federal government would invite states to apply for flexibility from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). States would be granted flexibility in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.  The first application deadline is November 14.Over the past month, the New Jersey Department of Education has solicited input from educators and community members across the state on the federal government’s guidelines. We collected comments through our website over two weeks in October, and met with both educators and the leadership of teachers unions and professional associations to solicit recommendations.

Before finalizing the application, the Department is soliciting additional comment on the draft outline of our application. This document captures the findings from our initial outreach and additional work done by the Department.

Because such changes would have a major impact on our state’s educators and families, we are soliciting input from K-12 stakeholders and the broader public on this draft outline.

A copy of the draft outline and the form for public comment can be found at the link below.  Submissions will be received through November 9, 2011.

https://education.state.nj.us/esea2/

 

NJSACC, the Network for  New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is recommending that the language in Section 1 of the Comment  link, https://education.state.nj.us/esea2/ be changed  .

NJ DOE Language :
11. The requirements in ESEA sections 4201(b)(1)(A) and 4204(b)(2)(A) that restrict the activities provided by a community learning center under the Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (i.e., before and after school or during summer recess). New Jersey requests this waiver so that 21st CCLC funds may be used to support expanded learning time during the school day in addition to activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.


Should you wish to comment, feel free to cut and paste NJSACC’s recommended wording!
But this must be completed by November 9, 2011.

NJSACC: The NJ Afterschool Network feels that this wording will preserve the existing dollars for afterschool with a possibility of broadening the Expanded Learning Time Opportunities in NJ, funded by 21st CCLC dollars.

 Recommended verb-age  to cut and paste in BOX #1:

The requirements in ESEA sections 4201(b)(1)(A) and 4204(b)(2)(A) that restrict the activities provided by a community learning center under the Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program to Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (i.e., before and after school or during summer recess).

New Jersey requests this waiver so that 21st CCLC funds may be used to support expanded learning time during the school day.
This is not to supplant 21st CCLC  but is in addition to Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.

 



 

 

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