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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

CCSSO Releases Alternate Proposal on Supplement not Supplant Rule

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released alternate language for the supplement, not supplant proposed rule, under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"As state leaders in education, we strongly believe students who need the most resources should get the most resources," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "The supplement, not supplant provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a critical component of the law that can help states accomplish this goal. Today, CCSSO has put forward an alternate proposal that provides guidance and clarity on this provision and will help all states not only implement this provision effectively but also create more equitable education systems for all kids."

CCSSO's alternate proposal would establish important guardrails to protect students in Title I schools while at the same time empowering state and local leaders - and the public at large - to identify and address resource inequities across the education system, no matter where a child lives or goes to schools.

Specifically, the alternate proposal from state education chiefs will require LEAs receiving Title I funds to:  

  • Distribute state and local funds to schools using a methodology that does not take a school's Title I participation into account,
  • Publish their methodology for distributing funds,
  • Demonstrate that they followed their published methodology, and
  • For LEAs with Title I schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement, consider the effect of their methodology on these schools when developing or reviewing support and improvement plans.  

CCSSO Board President and Wisconsin Superintendent Tony Evers said, "Every child deserves to have equitable access to educational opportunities. As state chiefs, we recognize that isn't always the reality in our schools and districts. To solve that discrepancy, we need a path forward that brings all parties together around helping our schools, districts, and communities. The alternate proposal we are advancing on the issue of supplement, not supplant, will allow us to improve and refine our collective efforts to help all kids in a tangible way."

Nevada Superintendent Steve Canavero said, "In recent years, Nevada has made significant investments to help students who need it the most, including English learners, students in poverty and those attending underperforming schools. We, like many states, need the flexibility to implement supplement, not supplant in an effective way that will not frustrate our current efforts to create more equitable funding and outcomes across the state. Through this alternate proposal, Nevada will have the clear guidance necessary to demonstrate to the public how we are allocating funds at the state and local levels to achieve better outcomes for all kids."

CCSSO has submitted its alternate proposal to the U.S. Department of Education through official comments on the Department's current proposed supplement, not supplant regulation. You can download CCSSO's full comments here.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.