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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.

Update on Local Educational Agency Plans

Requirements for New and Reauthorized Direct-Funded Charter Schools Seeking Federal Funds Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

State Board of Education- Approved Local Educational Agency Plans

Local Educational Agency Plan Templates and Guidance

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 provides federal funding that may be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) (defined as county offices of education, districts, and direct-funded charter schools) for a variety of programs. California Department of Education (CDE) program staff review LEA Plans for compliance with the requirements of ESEA before recomending approval to the State Board of Education (SBE).

ESEA Section 1112(e)(2) External link opens in new window or tab. states that the state educational agency (SEA) shall approve an LEA’s Plan if the SEA determines that the LEA’s Plan is designed to enable its schools to substantially help children meet the academic standards expected for all children. As a requirement for receiving federal funding sub-grants for ESEA programs, the local governing board and the SBE must approve the original LEA Plan. Subsequent approval of revisions to LEA Plans is made by the local governing board and kept on file with the original LEA Plan. The LEA Plan includes specific descriptions and assurances as outlined in the provisions included in the ESEA.

The purpose of the LEA Plan is to develop an integrated, coordinated set of actions that LEAs will take to ensure that they meet certain programmatic requirements, including student academic services designed to increase student achievement and performance, coordination of services, needs assessments, consultations, school choice, supplemental services, services to homeless students, and others as required.

CDE program staff review LEA Plans for compliance with the requirements of the ESEA including evaluation of goals and activities designed to improve student performance in reading and mathematics; improve programs for English learner students; improve professional development and ensure the provision of highly qualified teachers; ensure that school environments are safe, drug-free, and conducive to learning; and promote efforts regarding graduation rates, dropout prevention, and advanced placement. If an LEA Plan lacks the required information, CDE program staff work with the LEA to ensure the necessary information is included in the LEA Plan before recommending approval.

Following initial CDE review and SBE approval, all LEAs are expected to annually review their LEA Plans and update them as necessary. Any changes to the LEA Plan must be approved by the LEA’s local governing board and a copy of the revised plan should be kept on file locally. The CDE does not maintain copies of revised plans.

Update on Local Educational Agency Plans
April 9, 2008, letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the status of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plans that were approved in July 2003 for a five-year period.

Requirements for New and Reauthorized Direct-Funded Charter Schools Seeking Federal Funds Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
November 18, 2011, letter to Select Charter School Administrators regarding the requirements for new and reauthorized direct-funded charter schools seeking federal funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

State Board of Education-Approved Local Educational Agency Plans
Links to State Board of Education (SBE)-Approved Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plans by year.

Local Educational Agency Plan Templates and Guidance
Templates and guidance for completing the Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan.

Questions: Rena M. Carlson | rcarlson@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0243 
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