The Community Eligibility Program (CEP) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can have a major impact on how LEAs and schools report student data and are held accountable under ESEA. This session will describe the CEP program in detail. The session will then analyze the interplay between Title I of ESEA and CEP, describing how CEP affects reporting and accountability and the responsibilities of both the State and the LEA in implementing the program. The session will also include a review of current agency guidance and a discussion of the potential for legislative and regulatory changes in the near future.
Leigh Manasevit has practiced education law since 1974. He is a founding partner of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, a law practice that addresses legal issues involving educational institutions at all levels. Mr. Manasevit has worked extensively on No Child Left Behind. He has advised and trained schools, districts, states, and private providers on NCLB and frequently served as a keynote speaker at organizations of Title I professionals. Mr. Manasevit successfully represented New Mexico in Zuni Public School District 89 v. Department of Education, before the U.S. Supreme Court.