Federal Program Director News

See below to access important information from ESC 18!

September 2022

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS- 22-23 Federal Grant Program Important Dates

Don't forget 21-22 Compliance Report(s) Due Dates coming up in September!

ESSA Consolidated Compliance Report: Sept. 30, 2022

Rural and Low-Income Schools Report: Sept. 30, 2022

To view your LEA compliance reports, log into TEAL and select eGrants as the application. Once in eGrants, click on Compliance Reports on the menu bar.

Parent Family Engagement PD Opportunity at ESC 18 on September 13th! Register below!

5 Principles of Customer Service in Education training is coming to select locations soon! Through activities and lively discussion, attendees will learn how to improve relationships, increase parent and family engagement, and positively impact student success by providing outstanding customer service. Participants can register at https://esc16cluster.com. There is a $25 charge which covers a boxed lunch, the book, Engage Every Family by Steve Constantino, as well as all other materials.

Registration questions can be directed to event planner, Anna Flores, at (361)241-4535 or at implanners@sbcglobal.net. Event questions can be directed to Krystal McCune at (806)677-5186 or at krystal.mccune@esc16.net.

2022-2023 ESSA PNP (Private Non Profit) Affirmation of Consultation Form

  • Due no later than September 30, 2022
  • The 2022-2023 ESSA PNP Affirmation of Consultation form must be uploaded through ESSA Reports/PNP Affirmation/2022-2023
  • Emailed forms are not accepted
  • If a PNP school is not participating, the LEA should not upload a PNP Affirmation, but keep documentation on file

LEAs must annually demonstrate reasonable ‘outreach’ efforts to determine if new PNP schools have opened or if established PNP schools would like to participate with ESSA services.
  • LEA reasonable outreach must be documented annually (and available if requested by TEA), even if there has never been past PNP participation or an LEA ’expects’ there are no eligible students or PNP schools.
  • Examples of LEA outreach efforts include: newspaper ads, posters in rural areas, letters/postcards, phone logs, emails, etc.

SAVE THE DATES FOR UPCOMING ESSA TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES for Federal Program Directors and Designees- Provided by Region 18 Staff- Links located on the below PDF!

We hope to see New Federal Program Directors on September 28th! Register Here:

Session # 491526

Primary Audience: Federal Directors

Region 18 Conference Room C

2022 ACET Fall Conference Registration Opens on September 1, 2022

Grant Resources- Updated 22-23 FAQ Documents

Save the Date: 22-23 Program Monitoring: Random Validations Overview Statewide Virtual Training for LEAs and ESCs Sept 27th: 9:30-11:30

Training Description:
Attendees will learn about the overall process, timelines, and the program requirements that will be included in the 2022-2023 random validations for the following programs/requirements:
  • Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs;
  • Title I, Part A Supplement, Not Supplant;
  • Title I, Part C—Education of Migratory Children;
  • Title I, Part D, Subpart 2—Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk;
  • Title II, Part A—Supporting Effective Instruction;
  • Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants;
  • Title V, Part B—Rural and Low-Income School Program;
  • Private School Equitable Services (PNP);
  • EdFlex Title I, Part A Schoolwide Eligibility Waiver; and
  • Unsafe School Choice Option.

Registration Link:


ESSA Program Monitoring- Random Validation Page 22-23

Updates with validation process in phases, training slides, and submission packets.

Save the Dates: TEA's Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting (FFCR) Division Maintenance of Equity (MOEquity) Compliance Requirement Session

At the training, TEA will provide information on this fiscal compliance requirement, updates to processes compared to the prior year, and deadlines for LEAs.

Registration Links will be available soon!

  • Overview of FY 2023 MOEquity (these two trainings have identical content)
    • 9/22/22 – 10am – 1 hour duration
    • 9/27/22 – 10am – 1 hour duration
  • FY 2023 MOEquity Tool Instructions & Updates
    • 10/4/22 – 10am – 1 hour duration

Do your students need assistance with reliable & affordable internet usage while at home? See below info from the Federal Communication Commission's Affordable Connectivity Program

One of the most critical challenges illuminated by the recent period of emergency remote learning has been providing access to reliable, high-speed internet and connected devices to facilitate everywhere, all-the-time learning. Data clearly show the lack of these essential technologies impact communities of color and low-income communities to a disproportionate extent. As schools recover from the pandemic, several federal agencies and the Office of Educational Technology (OET) are stepping up to provide resources to close the digital divide.

For Learners and Families: getinternet.gov

The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) allows qualifying households to reduce their internet costs by up to $30/month ($75/month on Tribal lands). Getinternet.gov is a simple, easy-to-use website with details on how households can sign up for ACP and find participating providers in their area. Several companies additionally committed to offer ACP-eligible families at least one high-speed plan for $30/month or less, with no additional fees and no data caps. This mean that if households apply their ACP benefit to one of these plans, they would have no out-of-pocket cost for internet.

For Schools and Districts: tech.ed.gov/ACP

To help schools and districts as they assist with ACP sign-ups, OET collaborated with the FCC and USDA to update the OET website with FAQs and resources to facilitate communication with families about their ACP eligibility. This includes a template letter to let families know their child receives free or reduced-price school meals and therefore meets the ACP’s eligibility criteria. OET also provides a sample form that can be used to obtain families’ consent.


Download this PDF to see district and campus Parent Family Engagement Requirements

Title I Principal Monthly Checklist

This document supports principals on Title I Campuses as they complete requirements throughout the school year.

Activities are listed by suggested months, but most activities are not required to be done in a specific month.

Your district’s Federal Program Director will communicate specific submissions for your district. Please use this checklist as a guide for completing requirements related to a Title I Campus.

VIRTUAL MONTHLY ESSA CHATS- September's Chat will be held on September 6th at 8:00 AM. The link to join can be found below!

Please see below the monthly ESSA Chat Calendar: The PDF has monthly links for 22-23 virtual ESSA chats. A flyer will also be sent prior to each chat.

September 6



ESSA Chat *Virtual Only*

Zoom Link

Primary Audience: Federal Directors

Stay up to date with 22-23 Safety Requirements by using our ABC's of TEA School Safety Requirements. For safety questions, reach out to consultant, Paul Hidalgo.

Texas School Safety Center

Access the most recent changes in School Safety, Audit Information, and much more.

ESSER III Random Validation Reminders

Updated TEA Career and Technical Education Website: Includes Updated IBCs, FAQs, and Slides outlining the IBC Review Process and Key Updates