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.
- 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
Interim Equitable Services Ombudsman
- Public and Private School Consultation Process Calendar
- Sample Timeline for Joint Consultation
- Sample MOA for joint consultation process
- Example of Joint Consultation Process
- Non-Public Schools Have Shared Voice in New Work Group
- Equitable Services Training
- Technical Assistance for Working with Private Schools
- Complaint Process for Private Schools
- Equitable Services Complaint to the Ombudsman
- ESSA Equitable Services Guidelines