Approval of Private Nonprofit Equitable Services and Parent Involvement Activities

Effective November 20, 2015, TEA is providing approval of the following types of activities that require prior approval under 2 CFR 200.456.

* Equitable services to private nonprofit schools that are required, and therefore allowable, under federal program statute; this includes registration and travel costs for participating in allowable professional development activities
* Parental involvement activities required, and therefore allowable, under federal program statute; this includes registration and travel costs for participating in allowable parent trainings or conferences and required parent involvement/advisory committees

Approval forms for these activities will be posted November 23, 2015 on TEA’s New EDGAR web page and may be downloaded by the subrecipient and maintained locally for its documentation of prior approval. The approvals are retroactive to the beginning date of the grant period as noted on the subrecipient’s Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) for programs in which the activity is required/allowable. There is no need to submit individual requests for approval of these activities.

The subrecipient may complete and submit prior approval request forms for other types of participant support costs, such as travel for school board members to attend an allowable program training, to TEA on an individual basis.

The New EDGAR FAQ document will be updated the week of November 23, 2015. Email grants@tea.texas.gov with any questions regarding this approval.

*Micro-purchase threshold increases under New EDGAR*
The micro-purchase threshold which was originally $3,000 has recently been increased to $3,500 as defined in 48 CFR Subpart 2 due to the cost of inflation. This increases the threshold for micro-purchases under 2 CFR 200 and provides a greater flexibility to subrecipients who choose to implement this procurement option. This information will be updated in the next version of the New EDGAR FAQ document to be released the week of November 23, 2015.

ESC 13 contacts: Jennifer Womack or Linda McDaniel

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