Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, 29704-29705 [2020-10563]

Download as PDF 29704 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 96 / Monday, May 18, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES any requirements for certification obtained through alternative routes to certification, or, with regard to special education teachers, the qualifications described in section 612(a)(14)(C) of the IDEA (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(14)(C)), hired by the high-need LEA who teach in high-need schools, disaggregated by the elementary school and secondary school levels; (9) As applicable, the percentage of ECE program classes in the geographic area served by the eligible partnership taught by early childhood educators who are highly competent; and (10) As applicable, the percentage of teachers trained— (i) To integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction, including technology consistent with the principles of universal design for learning; and (ii) To use technology effectively to collect, manage, and analyze data to improve teaching and learning for the purpose of improving student academic achievement. 6. 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Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Frank T. Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. [FR Doc. 2020–10509 Filed 5–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, we announce waivers that the U.S. Department of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the CARES Act. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Rooney, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3W202, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–5514. Email: Patrick.Rooney@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. SUMMARY: Section 3511(d)(3) of the CARES Act requires the Secretary to publish, in the Federal Register and on the Department’s website, a notice of the Secretary’s decision to grant a waiver under that section. The Secretary must publish this notice no later than 30 days after granting the waiver and the notice must include which waiver was granted and the reason for granting the waiver. This notice fulfills the Department’s obligation under section 3511(d)(3). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Waiver Data As described in more detail below, the Department waived, for State educational agencies (SEAs) from each PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, and for the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), some or all of the following requirements: • Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), so that an SEA may waive, more than once every three years, if necessary, the 15 percent carryover limitation in ESEA section 1127(a) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Title I, Part A funds. • Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs in which an SEA participates under its approved consolidated State plan until September 30, 2021. The programs include: Æ Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs), including the portions of an SEA’s Title I, Part A award used to carry out section 1003 school improvement, section 1003A direct student services, if applicable, and Title I, Part D, Subpart 2. Æ Title I, Part B of the ESEA (State Assessment Formula Grants). Æ Title I, Part C of the ESEA (Education of Migratory Children). Æ Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 of the ESEA (Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk). Æ Title II, Part A of the ESEA (Supporting Effective Instruction). Æ Title III, Part A of the ESEA (English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement). Æ Title IV, Part A of the ESEA (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants). Æ Title IV, Part B of the ESEA (21st Century Community Learning Centers). Æ Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 of the ESEA (Rural and Low-Income School Program). Æ McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. • Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA related to local educational agency (LEA) needs assessments for the 2019–2020 school year. • Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA with respect to content-area spending requirements for FYs 2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds. • Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA with respect to the spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FYs 2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds. • Section 8101(42) of the ESEA, which defines ‘‘professional development,’’ for activities funded for the 2019–2020 school year. E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 96 / Monday, May 18, 2020 / Notices Reasons: Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID–19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the Department invited SEAs to request waivers to provide fiscal and operational flexibility and to help SEAs and LEAs in their planning for how to resume education. The waivers provide an SEA the ability to approve an LEA to carry over more than 15 percent of its Title I, Part A funds, even if the LEA had received approval to exceed this limitation in the past three years. An SEA would be able to extend for itself and its subgrantees the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs included in its consolidated State plan to allow additional time to obligate those funds. An SEA would also be able to permit an LEA or consortium of LEAs to use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet its needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment. Finally, by waiving the definition of professional development, an SEA and its subgrantees would be able to conduct time-sensitive, one-time or stand-alone professional development focused on supporting educators to provide effective distance learning. Waiver Applicants: SEAs from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and BIE requested and received these waivers. Each received all of the waivers listed above, with the following exceptions: • Title I, Part B: Vermont did not request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds. • Title I, Part C: BIE, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wyoming did not request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds. • Title I, Part D, Subpart 1: BIE, South Dakota, and Vermont did not request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds. • Title III, Part A: BIE did not request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds. • Title V, Part B, Subpart 2: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island did not receive a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds. Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:03 May 15, 2020 Jkt 250001 print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Frank T. Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. [FR Doc. 2020–10563 Filed 5–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0070] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Fiscal Year 2020 Application for Grants Under the International Research and Studies Program Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 17, 2025. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29705 For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Cheryl Gibbs, 202–453–5690. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Fiscal Year 2020 Application for Grants under the International Research and Studies Program. OMB Control Number: 1840–0795. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 25. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 5,000. Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education office intends to use this information collection to invite Fiscal Year 2020 grant applications from eligible institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals who propose to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. This information collection is integral to the pre-award phase of our grant-making activities because external peer review panels review the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus 
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, we announce waivers that the U.S. Department 
of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the 
CARES Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Rooney, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3W202, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 453-5514. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3511(d)(3) of the CARES Act requires 
the Secretary to publish, in the Federal Register and on the 
Department's website, a notice of the Secretary's decision to grant a 
waiver under that section. The Secretary must publish this notice no 
later than 30 days after granting the waiver and the notice must 
include which waiver was granted and the reason for granting the 
waiver. This notice fulfills the Department's obligation under section 
3511(d)(3).

Waiver Data

    As described in more detail below, the Department waived, for State 
educational agencies (SEAs) from each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, 
and the District of Columbia, and for the Bureau of Indian Education 
(BIE), some or all of the following requirements:
     Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), so that an SEA may 
waive, more than once every three years, if necessary, the 15 percent 
carryover limitation in ESEA section 1127(a) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 
Title I, Part A funds.
     Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act 
(GEPA) to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for 
programs in which an SEA participates under its approved consolidated 
State plan until September 30, 2021. The programs include:
    [cir] Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Improving Basic Programs 
Operated by LEAs), including the portions of an SEA's Title I, Part A 
award used to carry out section 1003 school improvement, section 1003A 
direct student services, if applicable, and Title I, Part D, Subpart 2.
    [cir] Title I, Part B of the ESEA (State Assessment Formula 
Grants).
    [cir] Title I, Part C of the ESEA (Education of Migratory 
Children).
    [cir] Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 of the ESEA (Prevention and 
Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, 
Delinquent, or At Risk).
    [cir] Title II, Part A of the ESEA (Supporting Effective 
Instruction).
    [cir] Title III, Part A of the ESEA (English Language Acquisition, 
Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement).
    [cir] Title IV, Part A of the ESEA (Student Support and Academic 
Enrichment Grants).
    [cir] Title IV, Part B of the ESEA (21st Century Community Learning 
Centers).
    [cir] Title V, Part B, Subpart 2 of the ESEA (Rural and Low-Income 
School Program).
    [cir] McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth 
Program.
     Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA related to 
local educational agency (LEA) needs assessments for the 2019-2020 
school year.
     Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of 
the ESEA with respect to content-area spending requirements for FYs 
2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds.
     Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA with 
respect to the spending limitation for technology infrastructure for 
FYs 2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds.
     Section 8101(42) of the ESEA, which defines ``professional 
development,'' for activities funded for the 2019-2020 school year.

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    Reasons: Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the 
COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the Department invited 
SEAs to request waivers to provide fiscal and operational flexibility 
and to help SEAs and LEAs in their planning for how to resume 
education. The waivers provide an SEA the ability to approve an LEA to 
carry over more than 15 percent of its Title I, Part A funds, even if 
the LEA had received approval to exceed this limitation in the past 
three years. An SEA would be able to extend for itself and its 
subgrantees the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs 
included in its consolidated State plan to allow additional time to 
obligate those funds. An SEA would also be able to permit an LEA or 
consortium of LEAs to use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet its 
needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending 
limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment. 
Finally, by waiving the definition of professional development, an SEA 
and its subgrantees would be able to conduct time-sensitive, one-time 
or stand-alone professional development focused on supporting educators 
to provide effective distance learning.
    Waiver Applicants:
    SEAs from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 
BIE requested and received these waivers. Each received all of the 
waivers listed above, with the following exceptions:
     Title I, Part B: Vermont did not request a waiver under 
section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 
funds.
     Title I, Part C: BIE, Connecticut, the District of 
Columbia, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wyoming did not 
request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of 
availability of FY 2018 funds.
     Title I, Part D, Subpart 1: BIE, South Dakota, and Vermont 
did not request a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the 
period of availability of FY 2018 funds.
     Title III, Part A: BIE did not request a waiver under 
section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 
funds.
     Title V, Part B, Subpart 2: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, 
the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island did not 
receive a waiver under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of 
availability of FY 2018 funds.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

Frank T. Brogan,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2020-10563 Filed 5-15-20; 8:45 am]
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