Equitable Services for Private Schools

Section 1117(a)(3)(B) of the Every Student Success Act of 2015 (ESSA) requires that each State Educational Agency (SEA) designate an Equitable Services Ombudsman to monitor and enforce the requirements of this Section.

Specifically, the Ombudsman helps ensure equitable services for private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is providing clear guidelines for public school districts and private schools to ensure that equitable services resources are proportionately shared and implemented under the Federal statute.

The MDE supports strong collaboration between parties that results in a positive impact on students and teachers.

Ombudsman Duties:

  • Monitors equitable services under Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Title IV, Part A
  • Enforces equitable services under Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and Title IV, Part A
  • Monitors consultation between districts and private schools by reviewing documentation to ensure a timely, meaningful, and mutually agreed upon plan
  • Resolves disagreements between public school districts and private schools as outlined in the complaint process
  • Collaborates with MDE's Office of Field Services and Nonpublic Schools Unit
  • Provides information and/or training of equitable services

Ombudsman Contact:

Theresa Nugent, Ph.D.
Phone: 517-335-0774
Email: esombudsman@michigan.gov