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23g Frequently Asked Questions

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23g Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Entities

Creating a 23g Plan

  • Districts must develop plans that describe the evidence-based actions the district is currently taking and will take to:

    • Address unfinished learning.
    • Get students to grade-level academic standards.
    • Provide additional academic assistance to students at risk of falling behind their peers; or
    • Help high school students prepare for postsecondary education.

      The plan must meet the following criteria:

    • Reflect input from educators, parents, legal guardians, and community members.
    • Include an analysis of student data and describe student needs.
    • Identify evidence-based best practices, such as high-impact tutoring programs from the MiStrategyBank to be implemented or expanded in response to student needs.
    • Include a plan to implement the evidence-based practices.
    • Describe how the implementation of the evidence-based practices will be supported by individuals who can provide training and coaching to teachers and/or tutors.
    • Describe how funds received under this section will create or expand the efforts and activities described in the plan.
  • There is nothing in the legislation that dictates when the accelerated learning takes place. It can be during the school day or other times as well.

  • Yes, staff wages and benefits can be covered for individuals directly related to accelerating the learning of students that have not shown proficiency.
  • To see the allocation and Budget Summary page, click “Modifications in Progress” at the bottom of the left-hand scrolling bar. Then, move the application to “Apply Now” through the “Review Grant Selections.” Then, the “Budget Summary” page can be viewed. Once on the “Budget Summary” page, click the “Save” button in the top right to see your district’s allocation. Once the budget items have been added and the necessary changes have been made, scroll down on the left-side scrolling bar to “Modifications Submitted” and select this button. Please feel free to reach out toMDE-23g-MiKids@michigan.gov for further assistance.

  • Click “Modifications in Progress” before editing any pages. After selecting “Modifications in Progress” at the bottom of the left-hand scrolling bar, then return to the “Review Grant Selections” page and try again.

  • After completing all the necessary steps, scroll down on the left-hand scrolling bar and select "Modifications Submitted." This will notify the MDE team that your district's budget is ready for review.

  • First, look under the “State of Michigan Attachments” tab for the most recent “Funding Approval Reviewer Tool” attachment. The MDE team uses this when reviewing budgets to communicate details around any required modifications.

    1. Unallowable expenses - go into the budget and delete those budget items that are flagged as “unallowable”. To delete a Budget Item, navigate to the appropriate budget item and click “Delete” in the upper right-hand corner of the Budget Item screen.
    2. Modifications - go into the budget, review the line items flagged as “Modifications Required”, and check the comment at the bottom of the budget item page in the red area. Once the item is fixed, select "Save" in the top right corner. 
    3. The Reviewer Tool document will also notify you to post your plan and contact information for parents on your website if it is still needed. Guidance on how to do that has been sent through email and will be posted on the grant website.

Funding

  • Districts must first apply to be eligible. Once eligible districts are identified, MDE will calculate the total number of students in these districts not proficient in ELA or mathematics on the state summative assessments to determine a per pupil allocation. District allocations will then be determined by multiplying the number of district students not proficient in ELA or mathematics by the per pupil allocation. Districts will then build budget to match their approved plans and district allocation.
  • Yes. The program expert and data collection and reporting are legislative requirements of the grant. In addition to having these as activities in the selected 23g strategies in the MICIP plan, identifying them in the budget indicates that the district has acknowledged this requirement, even if the amount is only $1.

  • If the software or printed materials are supplemental tier 2 or tier 3 supports of the district’s curriculum, then they are an allowable budget item.

  • 23g funds are solely based on state dollars through the state aid supplemental.
  • Once districts receive their allocation they will have until September 30, 2025, to spend the funds.
  • Per MCL338.1623g(2) eligible recipients can use the funds for

    • staffing,
    • high-quality training,
    • curriculum needs (Tier 2 or 3),
    • student transportation needs,
    • technology needs,
    • materials, any purpose for which any district previously used funds allocated under section 98c, or
    • other costs incurred because of the provision of services for the program.
  • Expenses not allowed are capital expenses, laptops, iPads, and other technology hardware, Tier 1 curricular resources and training, and indirect costs. As a reminder, meals, and snacks for students must be funded with any available federal funds before considering state aid funds. Please reference the meal guidance sent out to grantees in the emails sent in January.

  • To keep with the department’s grant schedule, the team asks that all budgets be submitted by January 30th. Like the eligibility check in October/November, budgets will be reviewed on a first-submitted-first-reviewed basis. Budgets submitted and approved by January 30th will receive funding in the February state aid payment. The earlier a budget is submitted, the greater the chance it will be reviewed in time for the February state aid payment. Budgets submitted after January 30th will still be reviewed, and funding will be released in the March state aid payment.

  • 10/1/2023-9/30/2025. Because these are state aid funds, any funds not expensed by 9/30/2025 must be returned to the state. Contracts and services must be completed by 9/30/25 to be an allowable expense.
  • The allocation you see is the total amount.

  • Yes. When the submitted budget is reviewed, the line items will be compared to the updated version. The updated plan and budget can be submitted at the same time.

Vendors

  • MDE is not in charge of creating the tutoring vendor list for 23g. The legislation specifies that responsibility lies with Michigan Association of Intermediate Superintendents Association (MAISA) with Clinton County RESA acting as the fiscal. This is primarily because the vendor list needs to reside in the Mi Strategy Bank which is a MAISA entity.
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) is currently vetting high-impact tutoring programs and will post a list of initially vetted programs on its website (www.gomaisa.org) on January 26.  Soon afterward, vetted high-impact tutoring programs will be added to the strategy bank. They will be curated by MAISA and labeled as high-impact tutoring strategies.

  • Yes. Tutoring was approved as a strategy in the MICIP plan submitted for 23g eligibility. Districts are encouraged to submit budgets in January, but budgets submitted later will still be reviewed, and funding will be sent out in the next month’s state aid release.

  • Yes. In the spirit of continuous improvement, districts may modify their approved MICIP 23g strategies and submit updated plans and budgets for approval at any time during the grant period.