SUPTS. MEMO NO. 204
November 17, 2000
|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Application for Governorís Academic Challenge
The Governorís Academic Challenge for Success will provide additional instructional time for students in the 173 schools statewide that received a 2000 accreditation rating of "Accredited With Warning" in mathematics or English and who are at-risk of not passing the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments. The goal is to enable students participating in this program to pass the SOL tests they will take in the spring of 2001.
School divisions may apply for funding for each eligible school to provide a minimum of 150 hours of additional instruction. Funds will be added to this base of $709,558 in recognition of the size of the school. Attachment A indicates the amount of fiscal year 2001 funds available to each eligible school. Only the schools listed in Attachment A are eligible for funding under this initiative. There will be no required local match to participate in this program.
To receive funds, school divisions, on behalf of their eligible school, must submit an application for the Governorís Academic Challenge for Success (see Attachment B). Each school should use funding for a locally designed plan to deliver the instruction. Examples of possible delivery models are outlined in Attachment C. As part of the application, the superintendent and county or city administrator must certify that there will be no reduction in the school divisionís budget as a result of receiving funds for the Governorís Academic Challenge activities. Completed applications for funding must be submitted to the Department of Education no later than December 8, 2000.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Smith (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), remedial education specialist, at (804) 786-5819.