The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide supplemental support to METCO districts serving Boston or Springfield resident students with more intensive special education needs. The METCO program expands educational opportunities, increases diversity, and reduces racial isolation by permitting students in Boston and Springfield to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate. Please note that this is a pilot program, and the Department will be seeking feedback about if/how to continue this program in future years.
The priority of this fund source is to provide supplemental support to METCO districts serving Boston or Springfield resident students with more intensive special education needs, which will typically include specialized transportation and/or one-on-one support in the student's IEP.
School districts currently participating in the METCO program who can provide individualized special education cost data for Boston or Springfield resident students with more intensive special education served in FY2021 are eligible to apply for supplemental special education support in FY2022 through this grant program. If you have questions about whether or not your district is eligible to apply, please contact the Department for clarification prior to submitting an application.
Participating METCO districts are Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Braintree, Brookline, Cohasset, Concord, Concord-Carlisle, Dover, Dover-Sherborn, East Longmeadow, Foxborough, Hampden-Wilbraham, Hingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury, Longmeadow, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton, Reading, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Southwick-Tolland-Granville, Springfield, Sudbury, Swampscott, Wakefield, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, and Westwood.
Approximately $250,000 is available for this grant program. Districts may apply for up to the full $250,000, but please note that grant award amounts may be prorated depending on the number and size of qualified applications submitted.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Funds may be used for special education costs for Boston and Springfield resident students participating in the METCO program that are not otherwise covered or reimbursed by other federal or state restricted sources. Funds do not have to be attributed to specific individual students with intensive needs.
Upon Approval – 6/30/2022
Center for Strategic Initiatives
Sylvia Lam , Strategic Initiatives Specialist
Shay Edmond , Acting Senior Associate Commissioner
Monday, November 15, 2021Proposals must be received via email by Department 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Workbook
Part III — Required Program Information
Part IV — Special Education Services Cost Calculator — please upload this document into the ESE Security Portal. To ensure that the document is able to properly function, please remove all spaces, hyphens, and parentheses from the file name.
Please email Parts I, II, and III to CSI@mass.gov by the due date noted above. Email all required forms in their original Word or Excel formats (e.g., not converted to a PDF; with the exception of the signed Part I documents which should be converted to PDF). Note: Electronic signatures are required on the emailed versions.
Do not submit the special education cost calculator via email. Due to the student level information that will be included in the completed special education cost calculator, additional instructions will be provided to districts who submit Parts I–III.
Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: November 10, 2021
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