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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Alternative Education Program for Suspended, Expelled, and Other At-Risk Students
Fund Code: 790-A

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded continuation grant program is to help school districts continue or expand middle school and high school level district and inter-district Alternative Education programs that serve students who are:
  1. suspended or expelled from school; and/or
  2. at-risk of educational failure due to truancy or dropping out of school.
Priorities: Grants will be awarded to districts that propose programs with designs based upon empirically validated interventions (science/research-based strategies with proven effectiveness) that:
  1. educate students using the same academic standards and curriculum frameworks as used with all students;
  2. provide an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma (for high school programs);
  3. have small class sizes that use engaging instruction, address individual learning styles, and provide a supportive environment;
  4. use flexible scheduling;
  5. use existing resources in school districts, educational collaboratives, community colleges, other agencies, service providers, and community-based organizations;
  6. use family-based approaches and self-improvement, behavior management, and life skills training to help provide students with tools to better manage their lives and attitudes;
  7. assist students and teachers during students' transition back to general education classrooms;
  8. provide a comprehensive array of social services to support students with issues that can cause school failure, excessive absenteeism, truancy, and dropping out of school; and
  9. use pre- and post-evaluative data in program development and assessment of program outcomes.
Eligibility: Eligible entities are public school districts, including charter schools that received a FY2011 Fund Code: 790-A continuation grant and had an associated original grant award through Fund Code: 790 in FY2008 or FY2009. See Attachment A under Additional Information below for the list of eligible school districts.
Funding: Due to limited state funds available in FY2012, continuation grant amounts are restricted to the following formula: for each continuation grantee entering Year 4 or 5 of the grant, the maximum FY2012 grant amount is approximately 124% of its FY2011 amount.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) reserves the right to alter the award to each funded school district. See Attachment A in the Additional Information section below for the maximum grant amount eligible entities may apply for in FY2011.
Fund Use: Grant funds may be used for salaries for staff to coordinate the program, curriculum development, teacher stipends, consultants, substitutes, a range of approaches to address behavior issues, technology, travel, conferences, purchase of materials and supplies, printing, and reproduction of materials.

These funds may not be used for programs exclusively serving students with disabilities or to supplant existing alternative education programs (not previously funded through Fund Code: 790).
Project Duration: Upon Approval (not earlier than 9/15/2011) - 6/30/2012
Program Unit: College and Career Readiness
Contact: Jenny Caldwell
Phone Number: (781) 338-6839
Date Due: Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Note: Proposals received earlier than the due date will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis. Proposals must be submitted and approved before funded services may begin.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Grant Assurances
  5. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Alternative Education Self-Evaluation Tool for FY11

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Attachment A - List of eligible continuation grant applicants and the maximum grant amount for which they may apply in FY2011.
  2. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Schedule C (Optional form for the FY2011 application, to be completed by any partnering agencies that are external to the district. Note: Different partnering agencies can be listed on separate Schedule C forms if that is helpful.)
  3. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
Submission Instructions: Applicants must submit the complete application via email and via mail, following the instructions below:
  1. Email the complete application (without signatures)
  2. Mail the complete application, with an originals signatures on Part I (Signature Page) and on the Grant Assurances page, to:

    Jenny Caldwell Curtin
    College and Career Readiness
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: September 23, 2011
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