SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 51
July 11, 1997
||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Survey on Public School Remedial Education Programs|
The 1997 General Assembly took action on several items addressing remedial education. Specifically, the Board of Education is required, in conjunction with the Department of Education, to collect, analyze and provide information to the Governor and the General Assembly on regular school year remedial education programs and summer remedial education programs [See: House Bill 2633, House Bill 1859, House Joint Resolution 654 and the Appropriations Act, Item 140 C. #8e which are attached for your information]. While the Department of Education does regularly collect some of the information being sought by the legislature, the enclosed survey is designed to collect other data to address the mandate imposed by this recent legislation. We have attempted in designing the survey to anticipate the information that would be needed by the legislators in order to minimize the burden to you for additional data requests on this topic. Please also note, as you review Item 140 C. #8e of the Appropriations Act, there is $1000. available to each school division that appoints a Remediation Program Standards Committee by October 15, 1997, as referenced in the attached House Bill 1859. For those school divisions that have such committees in place by the August 29, 1997 due date of this survey, you may use the survey to provide the necessary information [responding to Questions 26 and 27 in Part I and completing the signature section on the bottom of Part III (page 12)] for receipt of those funds. Otherwise, please look for a follow-up memo that will provide you with the information necessary to receive the $1000. for those Remediation Program Standards Committees appointed by October 15, 1997. The survey has 12 pages and is designed to have three discreet parts: Part I 1997 summer remedial education programs (pages 1-8); Part II 1996-1997 regular school year remedial education programs (pages 9-10); Part III financial information for actual 1996 and estimated 1997 summer remedial education programs (pages 11-12). In order to assist the Department in providing timely information to the Board and the legislative study group established under HJR 654, I am requesting that the completed and signed surveys be returned to the Department of Education no later than August 29, 1997. Thanks you in advance for your prompt assistance with this matter. If you have any questions regarding the survey, Carole Inge, Policy Analyst in the Division of Policy and Public Affairs can assist you. She can be reached at (804) 225-2403. If you have questions concerning the funds for Remediation Program Standards Committee, June Eanes, Budget Director in the Division of Finance can assist you. She can be reached at (804) 225-2025. RTL/dta Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.