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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

Halt Notification from GaDOE​ ​​​- Effective September 17, 2020

Register HERE for Updates Webinar and Training for LEAs - Sept. 28, 10 AM 

Register HERE for Updates Webinar for Private Schools - Sept. 28, 1 PM

  • ​CARES ESSER Formula Grants 
  • CARES ESSER SEA Reserve: Equitable Services
  • CARES ESSER SEA ReserveSpecial Education

GaDOE Resources Specific to Equitable Services

GaDOE Equitable Services Consultation Guide & Handbook​ (Updated 08.20.20)

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​ Ambler
Federal Programs Senior Manager
Consolidation of Funds 
& Equitable Services
State Ombudsman

Kathleen Yarbrough
Education Program Specialist
Consolidation of Funds 
& Equitable Services

General Equitable Services Inquiries 

Equitable Services Listserv

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

Don't Miss a Training!

Year-At-A-Glance Calendar​

Directions to Import a Calendar

 Allocations & Proportionate Share

 Equitable Services Trainings

Monthly Q&A Drop-In Schedule

February 18, 2021 - Updates

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