COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 6

February 5, 2002

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Announcement of Smaller Learning Communities Competitive Grants for Large Public High Schools

 

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has announced the Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) program, which will provide competitive grants to support the planning, implementation, or expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools. Under the statute, grant funds may be used to redesign schools into structures such as academies, house plans, schools-within-a-school, and magnet programs. Funds may also be used for personalization strategies that complement or take advantage of smaller learning communities. Examples of such strategies include freshman transition activities, multi-year groupings, alternative scheduling, advisory or advocate systems, and academic teaming. Local educational agencies (LEAs), applying on behalf of large public high schools, are eligible to apply for a planning or an implementation grant. The available grant amounts vary depending on the number of participating high schools in the LEA. The range for planning grants is $25,000 to $250,000; implementation grants vary from $250,000 to $2,500,000. Grant applications are due to the USDOE by February 19, 2002.

 

Further information about the program, including the grant application package, is available at the SLC website: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SLCP/. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Linda Wallinger (mailto:lwalling@pen.k12.va.us), director of secondary instruction, at (804) 225-2880.

 

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