COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 98
May 19, 2000

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Announcement of New Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Grants, Public Law 105-78


 The Department of Education (DOE) will be receiving federal funds to finance a 
second round of projects for the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program 
(CSRD). CSRD supports the implementation of research-based school reform. Information
on a number of these models can be found at 
            http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/natspec/catalog/index.html. 
(A school's model selection is not limited to those found on this site.)

Eligible applicants will be Title I School Improvement schools and Title I or 
non-Title I middle, junior, and high schools. A list of eligible schools will be 
compiled after the Standards of Learning (SOL) test results have been published this 
summer. In the absence of the official eligibility list, schools that anticipate a 
Title I School Improvement designation and are interested in applying for this grant 
may begin the planning process by investigating the reform models. The complete 
grant application packet, which will include the list of all eligible schools 
referred to above, will be available by September through a superintendent's 
memorandum.
 
It is anticipated that 25 grants for $50,000 each will be awarded to successful 
applicants and will be renewable for two additional years, provided federal funds 
are available.  If you have questions, please contact George H. Irby, Sr., director, 
Compensatory Programs, at 804/225-2869.

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