|For Immediate Release|
|Tuesday, October 30, 2007|
|Contact:||Heidi Guarino 781-338-3106 or JC Considine 781-338-3112|
28 Districts Awarded Planning Grants to Expand Learning Time
RANDOLPH - Educators in 28 districts have been awarded planning grants to explore ways to increase the learning time in their districts by at least 300 hours per school year.
The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to award grants of up to $11,000 to each of the 28 districts that applied for the Expanded Learning Time (ELT) planning grants. This is the third year the state is issuing these grants.
"We are excited to award additional grants, because we are already seeing innovations that hold great promise to improve student performance in schools already implmenting he program," said Acting Commissioner Jeffrey Nellhaus. "When districts think creatively about how to reorganize their school day and make the best possible use of this extra time, our students benefit. It's as simple as that."
In all, the Board approved $230,000 in planning grants this year. Districts planning to implement ELT in four or more schools received the highest amounts.
To qualify for implementation grants, districts must submit proposals showing that by expanding the learning time in their schools they will provide more time for core subjects, student enrichment, professional development and common planning time for teachers.
Districts planning to start their new schedules in September 2008 must submit their preliminary implementation plans by January. Districts planning to start their new schedules in September 2009 must submit their implementation plans by August 2008.
Preliminary decisions for the 2008 start-ups will be made by in May, pending Legislative approval.
Nearly 10,000 students across the Commonwealth are currently enrolled in the 18 schools in eight districts that have already implemented ELT. This includes seven elementary schools, six middle schools, four K-8 schools and one high school. Seven of the eight participating communities are urban districts.
The districts awarded planning grants are:
|Central Berkshire Regional||$7,000|