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Supplemental Services Providers

No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.

QUESTION:

What happens in sparsely populated areas if no providers of supplemental services are available?

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires state education agencies (SEAs) to promote maximum participation by supplemental services' providers to ensure parents have as many choices as possible. In addition, local education agencies (LEAs) also may serve as providers. NCLB includes report language to encourage SEAs to actively consider the inclusion of distance learning providers. Finally, an SEA may waive, at an LEA's request, all or some of the requirements of supplemental services if the SEA determines that there are no providers in the area served by the LEA or within a "reasonable distance" of the LEA, and if the LEA is not able to provide the services.

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