Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2009

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2009

7061-9412 - Extended Learning Time Grants

Account Description FY2008
House 2
7061-9412 Extended Learning Time Grants
For grants to cities, towns and regional school districts for the purpose of planning for and implementing extended learning time; provided, that in approving expanded learning time implementation grant applications, preference shall be given to districts with high poverty rates or a high percentage of students scoring in levels I or II on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam, those districts with plans that have the greatest potential for district-wide impact, those districts that plan to utilize partnerships with community-based organizations and institutions of higher education, and those districts with plans that include a comprehensive restructuring of the entire school day or year to maximize the use of the additional learning time; provided further, that the department shall only approve implementation plans that assume not more than $1,400 per pupil per year in future state appropriations of expanded learning time implementation funds; provided further, that in schools where a significant number of students are categorized as having substantial special needs the department may exceed the $1,400 per pupil per year limit; provided further, that the department may expend up to $500,000 on extended learning time planning grants as part of the department's School Redesign: Expanding Learning Time to Support Student Success grant; provided further, that all school districts are eligible to apply for planning grants but not less than 60 per cent of these grants shall be awarded to qualifying districts where 25 per cent or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federally funded school meals program; provided further, that not more than $200,000 shall be expended on planning grants for the purpose of developing plans to expand learning time in the form of innovative Summer Semester programs that provide high-quality learning and educational opportunities designed to improve student academic outcomes, develop 21st century skills, and engage students in enrichment programs not otherwise available to them during the summer months; provided further, that applicants for Summer Semester planning grants shall be public-private partnerships between private community-based programs and public school districts where any member of the partnership may serve as the fiscal agent; provided further, that the department shall fund only those applications which contain accountability systems and measurable outcomes, under guidelines to be determined by the department in consultation with the department of early education and care; provided further, that not less than $20,000 of this amount shall be awarded to each successful Summer Semester planning grant applicant; provided further, that funds from this item shall be used for planning activities including, but not limited to the convening of a summer semester planning and design committee that includes representatives from local community-based organizations, schools, teachers, business leaders, child-care and after-school organizations, parents, and locally-based youth workers; provided further, that upon the award of the Summer Semester planning grants, each grantee shall conduct a planning process and feasibility study and create a Summer Semester implementation proposal and shall submit the proposal to the department for review; provided further, that the department shall review all qualifying implementation proposals and determine eligibility for Summer Semester implementation grants; provided further, that to qualify an implementation proposal shall (1) include a summer semester program of not less than 6 weeks and 150 total hours for each participating student, (2) include a comprehensive budget that assumes not more than $5 per student per hour in future state appropriations for Summer Semester implementation grants, (3) be located on a school site, a community-based site, or some combination of both, and (4) other information that the department may require; and provided further, that any grant funds distributed from this item to a city, town or regional school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town or regional school district and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town or regional school district without further appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary
13,000,000 26,000,000

Increased funding for program expansion.



City / Town
House 2
Planning grants as part of the department's School Redesign: Expanding Learning Time to Support Student Success grant Statewide500,000
Summer Semester planning grants Statewide200,000

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