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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Federal Funding Flexibility

Coronavirus (COVID-19) federal funding flexibility information and resources for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been working with state departments of education to provide program and funding flexibility to support local educational agencies (LEAs) as they respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is specific to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I, Parts A, B, C, and D; Title II, Part A; Title III; and Title IV, Parts A and B; Title V, Part B, Subpart 2; and McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program programs. The resources will be updated frequently. Questions should be directed to

California Federal Flexibility Waiver Request

On April 21, 2020, the ED granted the State of California approval of their Federal Flexibility Waiver Request. The following documents provide information regarding California’s request:

On December 1, 2020, ED invited states to request a similar waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) section 8401(b) for the 202021 school year and fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title IV, Part A funds. The following documents provide information regarding California's request. This waiver request was approved by ED on April 20, 2021.

On July 2, 2021 ED invited states to submit a streamlined waiver under the ESEA Section 8401(b) for Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the ESEA so that a state educational agency (SEA) may waive, more than once every three years, if necessary, the 15 percent carryover limitation in ESEA section 1127(a) for FY 2020 Title I, Part A funds. Additionally, a state would be able Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of FY 2019 funds.

The CDE submitted the waiver request to ED on August 18, 2021.

ED approved this waiver for California on September 10, 2021.

California Federal Funding Flexibility Webinar for LEAs

On April 23, 2020, the California Department of Education (CDE) hosted a webinar for LEAs regarding the federal funding flexibility waiver.

California Federal Funding Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions

More FAQs coming soon.

Federal Flexibility Resources




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