Dear Colleagues,

The fun of summer has ended and the excitement of a new school year has taken its place. I hope that you had time to recharge and relax over the summer and are ready to welcome your students and families for the 2023-24 school year.

On July 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education issued the long-anticipated Title VIII non-regulatory guidance for ESSA.  This guidance explains Equitable Services for Eligible Private School Children, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel.  You can find the guidance at:

The guidance is very comprehensive.  I will be providing short analyses of key portions of the guidance over the next few weeks.  But in the meantime, I wanted to point out the topics covered and some sections that you may want to check out.

The guidance covers the following topic areas:

  • Consultation
  • Allocations and expenditures
    • Allocations
    • Administrative and other expenditures
    • Timeframe for obligations
    • Notice of allocations
    • Transferability and equitable services
  • Delivery of equitable services
  • State ombudsman
  • Complaints, state provision of equitable services, and bypass
  • Other ESEA requirements related to private schools
  • Program specific requirements
    • Title I, Part C—Education of Migratory Children
    • Title II, Part A—Supporting Effective Instruction
    • Title III, Part A—English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act
    • Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
    • Title IV, Part B—Nita A. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    • Title IV, Part F, Subpart 3—National Activities for School Safety Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERVE)

I would recommend checking out the Program Specific Requirements, in particular Title IIA.  This is one of the areas that I’ll be expanding on in the coming weeks.  I also recommend reviewing the consultation questions, obligation of funds, and pooling.  If there are topics that you have particular questions about or would like me to analyze in the coming weeks, please let me know.  In the meantime, happy reading!

All the best,


Michelle L. Doyle

Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting