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Minnesota 21st Century Community Learning Centers Waiver Public Comment Survey

Welcome to our public comment survey for Minnesota’s application for a federal waiver under the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC). In response to the unprecedented obstacles schools, teachers, students, and their families are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education has offered a waiver to state education agencies.

Currently, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, Section 4201(b)(1)(A) restricts activities provided by a program funded under the 21st CCLC program to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session. If approved, this waiver would allow 21st CCLC grant recipients in Minnesota to operate with greater flexibilities to better meet the needs to students and families during the 2020-2021 school year by giving the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) temporary authority to permit its 21st CCLC programs to provide supplemental services when school is in session, but students are not receiving in-person instruction. All other requirements for a 21st CCLC program would continue to apply.

This survey is intended for any interested local education agency (LEA), other 21st CCLC grantees, and members of the public. MDE is interested in hearing from all stakeholders, including:

  • Parents and families
  • Students
  • School districts and charter schools across the state
  • Teachers, principals, other school leaders, paraprofessionals, specialized instructional support personnel, and organizations representing such individuals
  • Charter school leaders
  • Community-based organizations
  • American Indian Tribal leaders and members
  • Civil rights organizations, including those representing students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically underserved students
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Employers/businesses
  • Representatives of private school students
  • Early childhood educators and leaders

This survey includes an open-ended question for each section of the waiver.

The survey also includes a question regarding which stakeholder group you represent. You may participate in this survey without including your name, and we ask that you do not include any personally identifiable information in your responses. However, if you would like attribution for your input, there is an option for you to provide your name, title, and business or organization. This survey must be completed in a single session.

Your responses to this survey will be reviewed by our staff.

This public input survey on the waiver will close when the public comment period ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020. If you prefer not to submit your comments online, you may submit them as an email attachment to or you may mail a hard copy of your survey responses (postmarked by October 9) to:

Minnesota Department of Education
Attention: Federal Waiver Public Comment
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113

1. Which stakeholder group do you represent? Please select all that apply. (optional)