The Office of Title I has received new guidance governing the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program in New Jersey.
Title I districts without Priority and Focus Schools will no longer be required to set aside 20% of their Title I allocation to offer SES and/or public school choice transportation to students in their low performing schools. However, districts may opt to continue offering individual tutoring as a potential intervention for students in their schools who are not achieving proficiency. For these districts, the waiver gives them the flexibility to identity and contract with providers of tutoring services to work with their low-performing students. For the 2012-2013 school year, the NJDOE will maintain its list of state-approved providers of SES to facilitate the process for districts to identify providers of tutoring services.
On February 9, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USDE) awarded the New Jersey Department of Education an ESEA Flexibility Waiver for the academic year starting September 1, 2012. Reference to the SES program is included in the waiver. A copy of the State’s approved waiver application is located on the USDE’s web page at: http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility/requests.
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Ms. Peggy Gills Porche