COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 21

February 8, 2002

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

School-to-Work State Implementation Grant (Academic Challenge for Success)

 

 

The Virginia Department of Education has been awarded a School-to-Work State Implementation Grant through the Virginia Business-Education Partnership program. This initiative will provide additional instructional time for students who will be taking the Standards of Learning assessments in the spring of 2002 in the schools statewide that received a 2001 accreditation rating of Accredited With Warning in mathematics or English. Capital One has joined with the Virginia Business-Education Partnership program to provide an additional $500 per school to help with instructional costs.

 

In order to receive funding, school divisions, on behalf of each eligible school, should complete the program justification as provided in Attachment A. The amount of funding available for each eligible school, including the $500 provided by Capital One, is listed in Attachment B. There will be no required local match in order to participate in this program.

 

As part of the program justification (Attachment A), the superintendent and county or city administrator must certify that there will be no reduction in the school divisions budget as a result of receiving funds for the Academic Challenge for Success activities. A completed program justification must be submitted to the Department of Education no later than March 8, 2002.

 

 

Each eligible school should use the funding for a locally designed program to deliver 150 hours of additional instruction to students who will be taking the Standards of Learning assessments in the spring of 2002. Examples of possible delivery models are also outlined in Attachment A.

 

The Academic Challenge for Success is a cost reimbursement program. This means that expenditures submitted for reimbursement cannot exceed the amount of allowable funding for each eligible school as indicated in Attachment B. The directions for completing the request for reimbursement are provided in the program justification (Attachment A).

 

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Kathleen Smith (mailto:ksmith@mail.vak12ed.edu), remedial education specialist, at (804) 786-5819.

 

 

JLD/KMS/pl

 

Attachments

 

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2002/inf021a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2002/inf021b.pdf