After a review of the Draft ESSA plan, it seems to clear up any confusion about whether the Department of Ed intends to “cancel” or “delay” FY18 funding. Read on:
Federal Grant Programs
21st Century Community Learning Center
What ESSA requires.
ESSA maintains the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program and recognizes the program as an important contributor to meeting students’ needs by providing enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children. This program is targeted at students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, and is focused on providing additional support for academic standards.
What we heard.
ESSA stakeholder feedback supports the 21st Century Community Learning Center as a valuable resource. Educators describe this program as providing essential opportunities to support student achievement outside the school day. Stakeholders saw the continuation of this grant as a chance to more closely align these programs with school and district improvement plans.
What we propose.
The Ohio Department of Education will not hold a new 21st Century Community Learning Century grant competition for FY2018. All continuing grantees will be renewed per their regular schedule. Current grantees who are in their final award years (years 3 and 5) will submit documentation for the grant closeout process in October 2017. While the allocation for FY2018 has yet to be finalized we will fund $23,765,380.49 for FY2018 for 140 grantees.