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Extension of period of availability for FFY 2022 administrative funds

The South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) intends to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to Section 8401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The purpose of this waiver is to extend the period of availability in Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 administrative funds that the DOE consolidated for administrative purposes until March 31, 2026. Please note: This extension request applies only to state-level administrative funds; it does not apply to school districts.

Prior to submitting this waiver request, the DOE is required to provide the public and all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in South Dakota with notice and an opportunity to comment on the request. The DOE will submit all comments received related to this request with its waiver request. Comments related to this request should be sent to Rob Huffman, Office of Grants Management, at robyn.huffman@state.sd.us. Comments will be accepted until May 30.

This request includes the administrative funds that DOE consolidated to administer the following programs:

  • Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Improving Basic Programs)
  • Title I, Part C of the ESEA (Education of Migratory Children)
  • Title II, Part A of the ESEA (Supporting Effective Instruction)
  • Title IV, Part A of the ESEA (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants)
  • Title IV, Part B of the ESEA (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
  • Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 of the ESEA (Rural and Low-Income School Program)
  • American Rescue Plan Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)
  • American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)
  • American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY)

This waiver will allow DOE to use program funds reserved for administration to address its ongoing administrative responsibilities and avoid diverting other funds away from critical services advancing student academic achievement for LEAs, schools, students, teachers, and other educational staff. DOE will continue to provide assistance to the same populations served by the programs and focus resources on meeting students' academic and other needs, including groups most impacted by the pandemic.