The Colorado Department of Education is currently accepting new grant applications for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program.
This is a competitive process – applicants must score at least 70 points out of the 100 points possible to be approved for funding
Priority funding points will be available in the current funding opportunity. Eligible applicants will be identified by CDE to receive additional priority points based on a statistically higher than average rate regarding unduplicated discipline, chronic absenteeism, and expulsions. For more information, see https://www.cde.state.co.us/dropoutprevention/earssrfacohort3rfa#page=4.
Initial funding for the 6-month planning period, January 1, 2024, through June 30, 2024, should be used to support the development of the program, engagement with stakeholders, building of systems to identify and monitor student progress, and provide training for staff. This could include salary, benefits, training, extra duty planning time and other costs associated with establishing the program.
Funding, starting in 2024-2025, should be spent on providing educational services, attendance supports, and behavioral interventions focused on serving students who are expelled (but served), and/or are at-risk of being expelled, and/or are chronically absent. At-risk students may also include suspended students, students at-risk of suspension (e.g., already engaged in misconduct), those who are likely to be declared chronically absent, or those who are likely to be declared habitually disruptive.
Services may include but are not limited to:
For a list of examples of allowable expenses, see https://www.cde.state.co.us/dropoutprevention/earssrfacohort3rfa#page=6