Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2016

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7061-9412 - Extended Learning Time Grants

Account Description FY 2015
FY 2016
House 1
7061-9412 Extended Learning Time Grants
For grants to cities, towns and regional school districts, Horace Mann and Commonwealth charter schools, for planning and implementing expanded learning time in the form of longer school days or school years at selected schools; provided, that implementation grants shall only be provided under this item to schools and districts that submitted qualifying applications which were approved by the department in fiscal year 2015 and include a minimum of an additional 300 hours on a mandatory basis for all children attending that school; provided further, that in approving expanded learning time implementation grant applications, preference shall be given to districts with high poverty rates or a high percentage of students scoring in levels 1 or 2 on the MCAS, districts with proposals that have the greatest potential for district-wide impact, districts that plan to utilize partnerships with community-based organizations and institutions of higher education and districts with proposals that include a comprehensive restructuring of the entire school day or year to maximize the use of the additional learning time; provided further, that the department shall approve implementation proposals that include an appropriate mix of additional time spent on core academics, additional time spent on enrichment opportunities such as small group tutoring, homework help, music, arts, sports, physical activity, health and wellness programs, project-based experiential learning and additional time for teacher preparation or professional development; provided further, that the department shall only approve implementation proposals that assume not more than $1,300 per pupil per year in future state appropriations of expanded learning time implementation funds; provided further, that in extraordinary cases, the department may exceed the $1,300 per pupil per year limit; provided further, that the department shall review all qualified proposals and award approved grants not later than August 16, 2015; provided further, that, for this item, appropriated funds may be expended through August 31, 2016 to allow for planning and implementation during the summer months; provided further, that any grant funds distributed from this item to a city, town or regional school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without further appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary; and provided further that notwithstanding the other provisions of this item, the commissioner may set aside up to twenty-five percent of funds in this items to support initiatives to extend the day or year of schools and districts as part of a consolidated application authorized and developed pursuant to the provisions of item 7061-9408
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