Immediately, the U.S. Division of Schooling (Division) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to Chief State College Officers detailing details about federal funds and assets obtainable to help Afghan youngsters and their households, who’ve not too long ago arrived or could also be arriving quickly to states and college districts throughout the nation. As a part of Operation Allies Welcome, a unified method led by the Division of Homeland Safety to coordinate federal authorities efforts to help susceptible Afghans, the Division acknowledges the instant and pressing want to supply high-quality, culturally responsive schooling to Afghan newcomers—inclusive of major, secondary, and English language studying in addition to social-emotional studying.
“All learners have a proper to high-quality academic experiences,” stated Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten. “Our current Afghan arrivals and their households have supported our nation during the last 20 years, and we’ll preserve our promise to them by offering entry to equitable and wonderful academic alternatives. The U.S. Division of Schooling stands able to help states and native districts as they welcome these vital new members of our communities.”
Recognizing that each one youngsters in the USA have an equal proper to enroll and take part in public elementary and secondary faculties, this DCL explains a number of sources of federal funding obtainable to state academic companies (SEAs) and native academic companies (LEAs). Though the letter is restricted to Afghan youngsters and their households, the data applies to youngsters and households arriving from different international locations as properly.
SEAs and LEAs could use funds below the Elementary and Secondary College Emergency Aid (ESSER) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Schooling Aid (GEER) Fund to deal with the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic on not too long ago arrived youngsters, together with leveraging these funds to develop culturally and linguistically related educational supplies in addition to supplies and assessments in different languages.
As well as, federal schooling funds from the Elementary and Secondary Schooling Act of 1965 (ESEA) can be utilized to help not too long ago arrived youngsters, and the DCL features a brief abstract of how funds below Title I, Half A; Title III, Half A; Title IV, Half A; and Title IV, Half B of the ESEA and the People with Disabilities Schooling Act can be utilized by states, LEAs, and faculties to help not too long ago arrived college students.
Along with an outline of federal funds, this letter incorporates assets that LEAs could use as they fulfill their obligations to not solely offering all college students with free public schooling but additionally figuring out eligibility for and providing providers to help college students with restricted English proficiency and college students with disabilities. These assets embody instrument kits, reality sheets, and different Pricey Colleague Letters.