On November 29, 2021, TEA released the information below noting that the agency is suspending the local MOEquity deadlines while they seek clarification from USDE:
TEA has been working diligently to address LEAs’ questions regarding local MOEquity. However, there are a couple of questions where we are awaiting clarification from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), including whether budgeted or actual financial data should be used for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Given that TEA does not have final answers at this stage, we are taking the step of suspending the local MOEquity deadlines. As soon as we have received clarifications on outstanding questions, we will send out another GovDelivery to confirm the new deadlines.
Please note that LEAs that are not automatically exempt and intend to select Plan 1 (LEA self-certification) or Plan 2 (USDE waiver) can continue to submit the MOEquity Document Submission Plan during the deadline suspension.
The local MOEquity tool prepopulates with data from the SC5000 of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant Applications. If the prepopulated data does not reflect an LEA’s actual FY 2021 or FY 2022 enrollment, or if an LEA has opened or closed a campus for FY22, then the LEA must email email@example.com to request an alternate version of the local MOEquity tool.
To review existing local MOEquity FAQs, please review the ESSER FAQs and sort by “Maintenance of Equity” in the “Category” column of the Smartsheet. To submit a new question, please use the ESSER FAQ submission form.
TEA will send a GovDelivery when it has received confirmation regarding the outstanding questions related to FY21 financial data. At that time, TEA will confirm the revised deadline for submitting the MOEquity Document Submission Plan and MOEquity tool.