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Grant Allocations & Awards: FY2014

Fund Code: 790
Alternative Education State Grant: Education Pathways to Support Students Most At-Risk of Not Graduating from High School (Competitive)

Funds Allocated: $146,000 (State)
Funds Requested: $340,000
Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded competitive grant program is to help school districts plan, pilot, or enhance middle school and high school level district and inter-district alternative education programs/schools that serve students who are most at risk of not graduating from high school. The target population includes, but is not limited to: students identified as high and moderate risk in the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), students who are suspended or expelled, students who are chronically truant, students with have mental health concerns, and/or students with course failures. Eligible applicants are school districts with a four-year cohort graduation rate below 80% in 2012.

This grant opportunity focuses on the development or implementation of an alternative education pathway that addresses at least one of the following five priority components to support student-centered learning. One component is required for all applicants, and the remainder are optional priority components:
  1. Providing socio-emotional supports (behavioral health support) - required for all applicants
  2. Implementing a competency-based education system
  3. Serving suspended or expelled students to meet requirements of the Massachusetts discipline law, Chapter 222: An Act Relative to Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School
  4. Implementing Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
  5. Providing contextual learning opportunities
Number of Proposals Received: 18
Number of Proposals Recommended: 8
Number of Proposals Not Recommended: 10
Result of Funding:This grant will support 8 districts in planning (2), pilot (4), and enhancement (2) efforts for alternative education programming for students most at-risk of not graduating from high school. Grant awards range from $10,000 to $21,000.
RecipientsAmounts
Gardner Public Schools$21,000
Gill-Montague Regional School District21,000
Lowell Public Schools21,000
Methuen Public Schools21,000
New Bedford Public Schools21,000
Phoenix Academy Charter School10,000
Somerville Public Schools21,000
Worcester Public Schools10,000
Total State Funds$146,000


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Last Updated: February 11, 2014
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