Federal Programs Ombudsman (Equitable Services)

The Federal Programs office ensures eligible private school children receive equitable services through the designation of an ombudsman in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) sections 20 U.S.C. §6320(a)(3)(B) and §7881(a)(3)(B).

The Federal Program ombudsman provides:

  • A primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from private school officials and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding the provision of equitable services under Titles I and VIII. 
  • Technical assistance and enforcement of a private school's proportionate share of Titles I and VIII services.
  • Consultation agreement opportunities between the LEA and appropriate private school officials on how to provide equitable and effective programs for eligible private school children. 

Equitable Services Complaint, Resolution and Appeals Process

Equitable Services Complaint Form


Commissioner’s Memo COM-18-069 issued 3/28/2018: Private School Affirmation of Consultation

Commissioner's Memo COM-20-104 issued 3/24/2020: Affirmation of Consultation with Private School Officials


For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Gomez,
Program Director 

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Special Education and Federal Programs
1401 W Capitol Avenue, Suite 430
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5295
Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: Elizabeth.Gomez@ade.arkansas.gov