Franklin leaders needed leeway to reallocate Title 1 resources. Through her coursework, Principal Hoffman's discovered that the US Department of Education authorized
a Title I waiver to allow schools to reshape service delivery. In fall 1998, the recent change in the federal law was still unfamiliar to district leaders.
Deb's first request for a
Title 1 waiver was denied by the school district. The
District Title I coordinator then researched Deb's request,
and determined that she could help Deb with paper work to
write for the waiver. The district office approved the waiver
request and decided to forward Franklin's application to Washington.
However, a district level advisory committee then decided
to send a letter to the federal Title I office withdrawing
their support for the Franklin Title I waiver application.
When the superintendent heard about the advisory committee
action, he and others telephoned the federal office to reassert
their support. Soon Deb received Title
I waiver approval.