The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 provides
federal funding that may be available to local educational agencies
(LEAs) (defined as county offices of education, districts, and
direct-funded charter schools) for a variety of programs. California
Department of Education (CDE) program staff review LEA Plans for
compliance with the requirements of ESEA before recommending approval to
the State Board of Education (SBE).
ESEA Section 1112(e)(2) states that the state educational agency (SEA) shall approve an LEA Plan if the SEA determines that the LEA Plan is designed to enable the LEA's schools to substantially help children meet the academic standards expected for all children. As a requirement for receiving federal funding sub-grants for ESEA programs, the local governing board and the SBE must approve the original LEA Plan. Subsequent approval of revisions to LEA Plans is made by the local governing board and kept on file with the original LEA Plan. The LEA Plan includes specific descriptions and assurances as outlined in the provisions included in the ESEA.
The purpose of the LEA Plan is to develop an integrated, coordinated set of actions that LEAs will take to ensure that they meet certain programmatic requirements, including student academic services designed to increase student achievement and performance, coordination of services, needs assessments, consultations, school choice, supplemental services, services to homeless students, and others as required.
CDE program staff review LEA Plans for compliance with the requirements of the ESEA including evaluation of goals and activities designed to improve student performance in reading and mathematics; improve programs for English learner students; improve professional development and ensure the provision of highly qualified teachers; and promote efforts regarding graduation rates, dropout prevention, and advanced placement. If an LEA Plan lacks the required information, CDE program staff work with the LEA to ensure the necessary information is included in the LEA Plan before recommending SBE approval.
Following initial CDE review and SBE approval, all LEAs are required to annually review their LEA Plans and update them as necessary. Any changes to the LEA Plan must be approved by the LEA’s local governing board and a copy of the revised plan should be kept on file with the original LEA Plan. The CDE does not maintain copies of revised plans.