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Local Educational Agency Plan

Required by all local educational agencies (LEAs) in California that receive funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.
Important Notice

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA.

Information regarding ESSA and the development of California's plan to implement the new federal education act is provided on the California Department of Education (CDE) ESSA Web page.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) provides guidance regarding ESSA and the development of California's plan in support of the submission of Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plans and the awarding of federal funding. ESSA provides states with more flexibility to design accountability and systems of support that will align with current California reforms, such as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs).

Based on the latest guidance from the ED regarding local planning requirements, the CDE has determined for the 2017–18 year, LEAs (defined as county offices of education, districts, and direct-funded charter schools) will meet the following federal planning requirements:

  • New applicants, LEAs that do not currently have a State Board of Education (SBE)-approved LEA Plan on file and are not currently receiving federal funds, but are eligible for federal funds, will not be required to submit a new LEA Plan during the 2017–18 year, but will be required to submit certifications of the required ESSA assurances through the Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS) during the 2017 spring collection period. New applicants will also be required to work with appropriate CDE program offices to ensure that federal resources are being used in a manner consistent with ESSA.
  • LEAs that currently have a SBE-approved LEA Plan on file and are currently receiving federal funds are responsible for keeping their LEA Plan updated and available upon request.

Resources

California Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act
Information regarding California's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

California Practitioners Advisory Group
Information about the State Board of Education's California Practioners Advisory Group (CPAG), which provides input regarding local, state, and federal accountability and also serves as the Title I committee of Practitioners.

Consolidated Application Reporting System
Information regarding the Consolidated Application Reporting System (CARS) data collection system, how to apply for Categorical Program Funding, and how to report on the use of those funds.

State Board of Education-Approved Local Educational Agency Plans
Required by all local educational agencies (LEAs) in California that receive funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

U.S. Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act External link opens in new window or tab.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

Questions: Rena M. Carlson | rcarlson@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0243 
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 16, 2017
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