The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Is seeking public comment on its request for a waiver (called a Late Liquidation waiver) to gain access to expired funds for use in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) rather than returning them to the federal government. The 21st CCLCs provide before and after school and summer programs for students in high poverty or low-performing schools.
According to 34 C.F.R. 80.23(b), NCDPI must return to the federal government any obligated federal grant monies not drawn down by December 30, 2018. Due to delays resulting from Hurricane Florence and Michael approximately $414,500 was not drawn down by the specified date.
The U.S. Department of Education is allowed to provide extended access to those funds, so they may be used by North Carolina as appropriated and the late liquidation waiver request asks for that allowance.
If the waiver is granted, the 21st CCLC grant funds will be used to support the work of 94 grantees (schools, non-profit community groups, local governments) across the state.
The complete request is available on the NCDPI website.
Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver through the close of business on April 8, 2019.
Send written comments on the proposed waiver to Michael Wells, NC Department of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 or email at Michael.Wells@dpi.nc.gov.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.