• The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 provides federal funding that may be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) (defined as county offices of education, districts, and direct-funded charter schools) for a variety of programs. California Department of Education (CDE) program staff review LEA Plans for compliance with the requirements of ESEA before recomending approval to the State Board of Education (SBE).

    The purpose of the LEA Plan is to develop an integrated, coordinated set of actions that LEAs will take to ensure that they meet certain programmatic requirements, including student academic services designed to increase student achievement and performance, coordination of services, needs assessments, consultations, school choice, supplemental services, services to homeless students, and others as required.