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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in New Jersey

Nonpublic Equitable Services

ESSA Nonpublic Ombudsman

Sections 1117(a)(3)(B) and 8501(a)(3)(B) of the ESEA as amend by ESSA require each state to designate an "ombudsman to monitor and enforce" the legislative requirements for the participation of nonpublic school students, teachers and other educational personnel in ESEA programs. The NJDOE has designated Constance Webster, Ph.D., as the Nonpublic Ombudsman. Constance will serve as the NJDOE's primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from nonpublic school officials and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding the provision of equitable services under Title I, Part A and Title VIII of ESEA as amended by ESSA. District and nonpublic school officials may contact Constance at:

Constance Webster, PhD
ESSA Nonpublic Ombudsman 
Office of Inter-District Choice and Nonpublic Schools
New Jersey Department of Education

Allocation Tables for FY19

Equitable Services for Nonpublic Schools (templates and guidance)


Revised for FY18-19 Grant Year

  • Affirmation of Consultation (PDF | Word)
  • Refusal of Funds Affirmation (PDF)
  • Sample Nonpublic School Request for Consultation Letter (PDF | Word)
  • Use of ESSA Funds to Meet Identified Student Needs, A Planning Template for Schools (PDF | Word)

Title I-Specific Templates

  • Nonpublic School Family Survey Tools (often, these documents are combined to create a nonpublic school family survey packet):
    • Sample Nonpublic School Family Survey Letter (PDF | Word)
    • Sample Nonpublic School Family Survey (PDF | Word)
    • Income Eligibility Guidelines (PDF | Word)