Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

Education


Programs targeted to promote learning, improve academic proficiency, close the achievement gap, and further develop a public education system for students of all ages.

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Early Education and Care Services and Supports

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Early Education and Care Services and Supports Programs targeted to prepare young children for entry into the K-12 education system including early childhood support services.
Access to Early Education and Child Care For the purpose of providing access to quality and affordable early education and care and out-of-school time services through financial assistance to eligible families.
Comprehensive Supports for Students and Families For the purpose of assisting parents and families with supports and resources to improve and strengthen parenting skills and facilitate a child's healthy development, including nutrition, health, safety and cognitive skills.
Targeted Early Education and Child Care Quality Enhancements For the purpose of enhancing the quality of early education and care provision to ensure every child begins kindergarten school-ready and that early educators provide the richest, healthiest and most educationally sound environment for the children in their care.

Educational Quality, Enrichment, and Performance Evaluation

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Educational Quality, Enrichment, and Performance Evaluation Programs targeted to ensure K-12 instruction and curriculums are meeting quality standards for all learners including school and student assessments.
District, School, and Student Assessments and Review For the purpose of analyzing the effectiveness of districts and schools in teaching the state-developed curriculum, and at ascertaining the proficiency of each student in key curriculum areas, for example math, English and science.
Educator Certification and Educator Quality Assurance For the purpose of ensuring the quality of the Commonwealth's educators through licensure, re-licensure and quality professional development.
Science Technology Engineering and Math Initiatives For the purpose of enhancing the quality of the Commonwealth school districts and enriching their curriculum content, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Higher Education

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Higher Education Programs targeted to provide advanced instruction, research, and career preparedness to individuals who have completed secondary education.
Community Colleges For the purpose of providing unrestricted funding to the community colleges of the Commonwealth to support their operations.
Higher Education Performance Management For the purpose of establishing a robust and meaningful performance-based process for funding and managing the public higher education system in the Commonwealth.
Higher Education Scholarship and Financial Aid For the purpose of making public and private higher education more affordable through the provision of financial assistance to qualified recipients. Qualifications may include income level, foster care status or specific fields of study.
Higher Education Workforce Development and Targeted Training Programs For the purpose of enhancing the capacity of public higher education, especially community colleges, to provide educational experiences that connect directly to the job opportunities available within a given region of the Commonwealth.
Other Higher Education Subsidies and Supports For the purpose of providing specific subsidies and matching grants for special institutions and programs, such as Tufts Veterinary School, and dues for certain higher education organizations to which the state belongs.
State Universities For the purpose of providing unrestricted funding to the state universities of the Commonwealth to support their operations.
University of Massachusetts For the purpose of providing unrestricted funding to the University of Massachusetts to support its operations, and for specific initiatives on the five campuses of the unified system.

Comprehensive Supports for K-12 Students and Families

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Comprehensive Supports for K-12 Students and Families Programs targeted to stabilize student learning environments and provide education services in alternative settings.
Education Services for Youth in Custody For the purpose of providing a comprehensive and integrated range of education services for youth based on their needs, experiences and competencies, including technical and vocational skills.
In-School Meals For the purpose of providing healthy and nutritious food to students so that hunger and malnourishment do not limit their capacity to learn.
Youth Outreach Programs For the purpose of providing positive development for youth through out-of-school activities that are character-building and supported by data.
School Health and Counseling Services For the purpose of addressing disparities in access to a wide range of health and social services for K-12 students and their families by providing counseling and referral to other services to reduce barriers to care that are also barriers to student achievement.

K-12 Supports and Reimbursements

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K-12 Supports and Reimbursements Programs targeted to support the K-12 public education system through grants, reimbursements, and special payments to localities.
Charter School Supports and Reimbursements For the purpose of providing partial reimbursement to school districts for the transitional costs associated with the opening of new charter schools and the loss of students who choose the charter school rather than their district-based school.
K-12 Grants to School Districts For the purpose of providing unrestricted grants to school districts according to a needs-based formula for use in the provision of K-12 education to the students of the Commonwealth.
K-12 School Transportation For the purpose of providing partial to full reimbursements to school districts for the costs associated with transporting students to and from school.
K-12 Special Education Supports and Reimbursements For the purpose of providing partial reimbursement to school districts for the costs associated with the provision of special education, both within the school district and through private providers.
Special Payments to School Districts For the purpose of providing special payments for unique situations in certain school districts, including schools with a high percentage of military personnel, recently regionalized schools, and matching payments for the Franklin Institute.

School and District Turnaround/ Achievement Gap Reduction

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School and District Turnaround/ Achievement Gap Reduction Programs targeted to increase the academic performance of the lowest performing K-12 public schools.
District, School, and Student Interventions For the purpose of providing targeted supports and interventions to districts and schools identified as underperforming based on MCAS tests and department reviews, and to students who have failed the MCAS tests and need additional tutoring to graduate.
English Language Learners Initiatives For the purpose of reducing the significant achievement gap among English language learners by providing high-quality, engaging English learning experiences during summer months, weekends, and other out-of-school times as well as during the traditional school day.
Learning Time Extensions For the purpose of reducing the achievement gap through providing additional time in the school day, week or year for students and schools who need such time to achieve proficiency.
Literacy Initiatives For the purpose of reducing the achievement gap in English acquisition through effective literacy instruction from pre-school through grade three.

Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning

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Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning Programs targeted to prepare teen and adult individuals for personal independence and career readiness.
Adult Education For the purpose of ensuring that adults with limited English proficiency and/or without a high school diploma are provided quality educational opportunities to remedy those gaps in attainment.
Career and College Readiness For the purpose of enhancing the capacity of school districts to assist students in making meaningful connections between the curriculum they are taught and the jobs they will eventually seek, and to engage students more in planning their education.
Personal Finance Education For the purpose of developing and disseminating curricula for Commonwealth residents related to financial management and responsibility.
Teen Education and Job Skills Development For the purpose of moving youth towards economic self-sufficiency including assessment, Adult Basic Education, high school/General Equivalency Degree (GED) education, life and parenting skills, counseling, prevocational activities, job development, job placement, and follow-up services.

Education General Operations

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Education General Operations Programs targeted to support statewide education operations which are shared across multiple programs or agencies and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas.
Education Central Administration For the purpose of providing education business operations that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include executive oversight, developing strategic plans, giving policy guidance, and other miscellaneous support functions.
Education Contracts and Legal Services For the purpose of providing education contract and legal services that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include general counsel, contract development, document review, claims defense and prosecution, and negotiation and mediation.
Education Facilities For the purpose of managing and maintaining education facilities, including leased space that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include property construction, improvements, and maintenance in addition to plant operations and utility costs.
Education Human Resources For the purpose of providing human resource management for education that supports multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include hiring, recruiting, training, collective bargaining, employee evaluations, and professional development.
Education IT For the purpose of managing and supporting the education technology infrastructure including technical support for multiple programs that cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include software development, application hosting, communication systems, data processing, and security services.
Education Planning, Accounting, and Finance For the purpose of providing education financial management, processing, and tracking that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include budget development, grants management, transaction processing, financial reporting, and long range planning.
Education Procurement For the purpose of acquiring goods and services for education that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include proposal development, vendor selection, distribution of goods, and purchase negotiations.


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