COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 50

December 16, 2003

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Announcement of Award Opportunity for a Comprehensive School Reform Grant (CSR), Title I, Part F, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce a round of competitive grants under the U.S. Department of Educations Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) program. The purpose of the grant initiative is to provide financial incentives for whole-school reform, specifically in high- poverty schools that are not succeeding in effectively teaching all children.

 

For 2004-2005, up to 15 grants will be awarded for $75,000 each. Eligible are Title I schools (elementary, middle, and high) that have received an Accredited with Warning rating in English, mathematics, or both, for 2003-2004 and that have not previously received a CSR grant. Also eligible are Title I schools that have received a Provisionally Accredited/Needs Improvement rating because of pass rates lower than the benchmarks in English, mathematics, or both, for 2003-2004 and that have not previously received a CSR grant.

 

Applications are due at the Department of Education by 4 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2004. A technical assistance workshop has been planned for representatives from interested schools and divisions at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel on Friday, January 23, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Additional details about the CSR grant opportunity are provided in Informational Superintendents Memorandum Number 210, released on December 12, 2003. You may reference the memorandum at /administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf210.html.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Robert Bourdeaux, Title I specialist, at rbourdea@mail.vak12.edu or (804) 225-2904; or Diane Jay, Title V specialist, at djay@mail.vak12ed.edu or (804) 225-2905.

 

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