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Patricia Boswell

Director of Federal Programs and Professional Learning

  • The mission of Federal Programs is ​to provide resources to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and to achieve proficiency on the state's high academic achievement standards.​ The following Federal Programs are available to students in the Gordon County School District.

    Title I, Part A - Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
    Title I, Part A - Academic Achievement Awards
    Title I, Part A - Foster Care Program
    Title I, Part A - Family-School Partnership Program ​
    Title I, Part C - Education of Migratory Children​
    Title I, Part D - Programs for Neglected or Delinquent Children
    Title II, Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction​
    Title III, Part A - Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
    Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment​​
    Title V, Part B - Rural Education Initiative
    Title IX, Part A - McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    Carl V. Perkins Program Improvement Funding


    ED-FLEX Waiver

    Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment

    The Educational Flexibility (Ed-Flex) program is authorized under the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 and was reauthorized by section 9207 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The​ Ed-Flex program allows the Secretary to authorize a State educational agency that serves an eligible State to waive statutory or regulatory requirements applicable to one or more of the included programs for any local educational agency (LEA), educational service agency, or school within the State.

    The U.S. Department of Education granted this authority to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) on May 18, 2020.  This authority will remain in place through the 2023-2024 school year.  This program permits Ed-Flex States to waive requirements of many of the State-administered formula grant programs. 


    Gordon County Schools is seeking a waiver of the Title IV, Part A Content Area Minimum Percentage Spending Requirements – ESSA Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D) and (E) under sections 4107, 4108, 4109.  Implementation of this waiver will allow the local school system greater flexibility to improve student achievement. The district will remain accountable to meeting the educational goals described in the local application for educational flexibility (CLIP), engaging in technical assistance, and as applicable and appropriate, implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities and targeted support and improvement activities under ESEA section 1111(d).

    To leave comments on the request to utilize the Ed-Flex Waiver click here.

    For additional information on the Ed-Flex Waiver, please email Patricia Boswell at