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Alternative Education

Grants and Funding

Legislation and Program Definition

State legislation under Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2004 provides the follow guidelines regarding the alternative education grant program administered through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, hereinafter referred to as the department, shall establish a grant program, subject to appropriation, to be known as the alternative education grant program for the purpose of providing grants to assist school districts and Horace Mann and commonwealth charter schools with the development and establishment of alternative education programs and services to students suspended or expelled from school.

The grants shall support the development of alternative education programs which would: (1) allow school districts to coordinate efforts to establish interdistrict regional alternative education collaboratives to provide educational services to suspended or expelled students; or (2) establish a district based alternative education program for those students. The grants may also be used to encourage the use of technology in alternative education programs. The grants shall also encourage voluntary expansion of existing alternative education programs in the commonwealth, and shall be used to provide alternative education programs for students who are at risk of educational failure due to truancy, or dropping out of school. Grants may also be used to assist in developing programs that provide a range of approaches to address behavior issues, such as behavior specialists, in-school suspension rooms and crisis centers, in addition to out-of-school alternative settings.

Department Funded School Year Grant Programs

Request for Proposals:

FC 790:
Alternative Education Program for Suspended and Expelled Students and Other At-Risk Students

Grant Recipients:

FC 790:
Alternative Education Program for Suspended and Expelled Students and Other At-Risk Students

Information for Grantees

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FY10 Evaluation tool for Alternative Education Grantees


Last Updated: September 9, 2010
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