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 State Ombudsman - ESSA & CARES

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equitable Services Requirements 
ESSA Requirement: The Ombudsman 

To help ensure equitable services and other benefits for eligible private school children, teachers and other educational personnel, and families, an SEA must designate an ombudsman to monitor and enforce ESEA equitable services requirements under both Title I and Title VIII. (ESEA sections 1117(a)(3)(B) and 8501(a)(3)(B).)

CARES Requirement: The Ombudsman

An SEA must use the ombudsman also to monitor and enforce the requirements of the CARES Act programs that an LEA provide equitable services to students and teachers in nonpublic schools. ​(Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools Under the CARES Act Programs NRG Q-7)

Want to Learn More? 

Click here for the Roles and Responsibilities of the Ombudsman​​

​​​CARES Act Equitable Services

The following guidance applies to the CARES Act ESSER Formu​​la Grant and CARES Act ESSER SEA Reserve Grants (Equitable Services, CTAE-Ag, CTE, and Special Education Relief).

CARES Act Proportionate Share​

GaDOE CARES Act Communications ​​​

GaDOE CARES Act Revised Resources​

GaDOE CARES Act Equitable Services Trainings

CARES Act/ESSA ​District-Shared Resources - SAMPLES

GaDOE Resources Specific to Equitable Services​

(Updated 10.16.20)

USDE Resources Specific to Equitable Services

USDE Non-Regulatory Guidance - Program Specific
USDE Non-Regulatory Guidance - Overarching
USDE Guidance Ombudsman Quarterly Update
Code of Federal Regulations
USDE Technical Assistance

Training Resources for LEAs

Consultation PPT for LEAs ​Updated 09.17.20​


 Contact Information

Carly Covic​ Am​bler
Federal Programs Senior Manager
Consolidation of Funds 
& Equitable Services
State Ombudsman

Kathleen Yarbrough
Federal Programs Specialist​
Consolidation of Funds 
& Equitable Services

Charmaine Simmons
Federal Programs Specialist
CARES Act & Equitable Services

General Equitable Services Inquiries 

Equitable Services Listserv

To join the Federal Programs Equitable Services Listserv, please send a blank email to

LEA Contact List
​Submit LEA Contact Info Here​

Are you responsible for CARES?

Submit LEA Contact Info Here​

Don't Miss a Training!

Year-At-A-Glance Calendar​

Directions to Import a Calendar

 Equitable Services Trainings

Monthly Q&A Drop-In Schedule

February 25, 2021 - Updates

September 30, 2020 
Form A Amendment

August 20, 2020 FY21 Updates

August 12, 2020 IA Pooling

May 11, 2020 Updates

September 24, 2019 Updates

May 16, 2019 Updates

 Special Needs Scholarship

Contact Iesha Parks
Program Manager

 CARES Act Grant Contacts

Equitable Services Questions
Carly Ambler, State Ombudsman
Charmaine Simmons, Specialist
Kathleen Yarbrough, Specialist

CARES General Questions
Matt Cardoza, Director
​Beverly Strickland, Manager
Charmaine Simmons, Specialist
Darlene Moye, Specialist

​Title I Methodol​​ogy Questions
​​​​Ken Banter, Sr Manager
Title I Area Specialists

Financial Review Questions
Amy Rowell, Director

Spec. Ed. Relief Questions

Amber McCollum, Manager
IDEA Budget Liaisons

CTAE-Ag, CTE Questions
David Turner, Manager