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Grants to Connecticut School Districts for Projects that Improve Academic Achievement

Alliance and Priority School District


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Funding Source
Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
Funding or PIN Number: ED - 705
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/02/16 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut high-need school districts for dramatic and innovative changes that help close achievement gaps. Eligible programs include developing, hiring, and retaining excellent staff members, designing and implementing an exceptional academic program, providing a positive learning environment that engages family and community as partners, and achieving organizational efficiency.

The PSD grant was established to provide support for school districts with the greatest academic need. During the 2016-17 school year, 14 Alliance Districts also qualify as PSDs. Such designation provides for additional funding and also imposes additional responsibilities. The PSD grant provides funds to support districts in the pursuit of all or some of the following eight approved reform areas:

1. Create or expand innovative programs related to dropout prevention.
2. Establish alternative and transitional programs for students having difficulty succeeding in traditional educational programs.
3. Create academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during non-school hours and during the summer.
4. Develop or expand extended-day kindergarten programs.
5. Develop or expand early reading intervention programs which include summer and after-school programming.
6. Enhance the use of technology to support instruction or to improve parent and teacher communication.
7. Strengthen parent involvement in the education of children, and parent and other community involvement in school and school district programs, activities and educational policies.
8. Obtain accreditation for elementary and middle schools from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

PSDs must use at least 20 percent of the grant funding to support early reading interventions.

Alliance Districts with a 2014-15 student chronic absenteeism rate exceeding 10 percent must establish chronic absenteeism reduction as a priority in their 2016-17 AD/PSD application.


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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following 30 districts are entering their fifth year in the Alliance District program. During 2016-17, 14 of these districts also qualify as PSDs and are identified with an asterisk (*) below:

Ansonia, Bloomfield, Bridgeport*, Bristol, Danbury*, Derby*, East Hartford*, East Haven, East Windsor, Hamden, Hartford*, Killingly, Manchester, Meriden*, Middletown, Naugatuck, New Britain*, New Haven*, New London*, Norwalk*, Norwich*, Putnam, Stamford*, Vernon, Waterbury*, West Haven, Winchester, Windham*, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Term of Contract
2016-17 school year.

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