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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

METCO
Fund Code: 317

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded Metco Program is to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation by permitting students in Boston and Springfield to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate. The Metco program provides students of participating school districts the opportunity to experience the advantages of learning and working in a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse setting.
Priorities: The priorities of this fund source are to provide Boston and Springfield students further opportunities to achieve at high levels the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks and enrich both the urban and suburban communities by providing opportunities and support for cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards and priorities. In particular, this program may include, but not be limited to, the following priorities:
  1. Curriculum and Instruction
    1. Aligned, consistently delivered, and continuously improving curriculum
    2. Strong instructional leadership and effective instruction
    3. Sufficient instructional time.
  2. Human Resources and Professional Development
    1. Staff recruitment, selection, and assignment
    2. Professional development
  3. Student Support
    1. academic support
    2. services and partnerships to support learning
Eligibility: School districts participating currently in the Metco Program are eligible to continue their participation in the program.
Funding: Funding for FY2015 is based upon October 2013 Metco enrollment, as determined by the SIMS reporting to the Department. Subject to appropriation, grants will consist of a $3,581 per pupil allotment for instructional and support services and a base transportation allotment level funded from FY2014.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for local district costs incurred as a result of the presence of Metco students, Metco transportation costs, and for supplemental services that will contribute in a measurable way to enhanced educational opportunity and academic achievement, as well as diversity enrichment.

In the area of enhanced educational opportunity and academic achievement, services may include regular day and after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, staff professional development geared towards understanding and addressing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, and other programs and services such as providing ways for parents to support their children's learning.

In the area of diversity enrichment, services may include training, in-school and after-school activities, incentives programs, etc. that contribute to increased cross-cultural and racial understanding.
Project Duration: Upon approval - 06/30/2015
Program Unit: School Finance
Contacts: Hadley Cabral hcabral@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6586
Date Due: Friday July 25, 2014
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download PDF document  Download MS EXCEL Document
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III - Required Program Information and Narrative
Additional Information:
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Part IIIa - Sample Narrative
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Part IV - Allotment Summary
Download MS EXCEL Document
Form AM1 - Grant Amendment Form for future use
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent.

Mail to:

Hadley Cabral
School Finance
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: July 14, 2014
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