SDE: Priority School District Program

Priority School District Program

Per Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 10-266p, the State Board of Education administers a priority school district grant program to assist designated school districts in improving student achievement and enhancing educational opportunities, including early reading intervention programs. Grant awards are authorized after proposals have been submitted by eligible school districts and approved through the Commissioner.


Funding may be used to focus on the following initiatives: (1) the creation or expansion of  programs or activities related to dropout prevention; (2) alternative and transitional programs for students having difficulty succeeding in traditional education programs; (3) academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during non-school hours and during the summer; (4) development or expansion of extended-day kindergarten programs, (5) development or expansion of early reading intervention programs including summer and after-school programs; (6) enhancement of the use of technology to support instruction or to improve parent-teacher communication; (7) initiatives to strengthen parent involvement in the education of children and parent; and other community involvement in school and school district programs; or (8) for purposes of obtaining accreditation for elementary and middle schools from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. At least 20% of each grant shall be used for early reading intervention programs.
 
The designated Priority School Districts for the 2016-17 school year are:

Bridgeport
Danbury
Derby
East Hartford
Hartford
Meriden
New Britain
New Haven
New London
Norwalk
Norwich
Putnam "transitional district receiving phase-out funding in 2016-17"
Stamford
Waterbury
Windham
 
 
Priority School District Information
 
Summer School Grant
 
Section 10-265m of the Connecticut General Statutes establishes grants for summer school programs in PSDs. Funds are to be used for summer school for students in grades K-3 who are substantially deficient in reading in order to provide instruction that incorporates the competencies for early reading success and effective reading. Priority is given first to elementary and then to middle schools with the highest number of students who are substantially deficient in reading.
 
Extended School Hours Program
 
Section 10-266t of the Connecticut General Statutes establishes grants for extended school hour programs in PSDs. The funds are used for academic, enrichment and recreational programs and shall include, but not be limited to, before and after school hours, weekends, summers and school vacations. Extended School Hours Programs are chosen through a competitive process from district submissions for individual school programs from town and nonprofit agencies within the total grant allocation amount, and must be approved by the Commissioner. As part of the requirements for the program, priority school districts are responsible for developing a competitive application process that follows criteria set forth in the legislation.
 
 
 

If you have additional questions please contact:

PSD and Summer School Grant Manager
Michael Kent
Education Consultant, Turnaround Office
Telephone: (860) 713-6546
Email: Michael.kent@ct.gov

Extended School Hours Grant Manager
Shelby Pons
Education Consultant, Family Support Services
Telephone: (860) 807-2103
Email: shelby.pons@ct.gov




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