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Charter Schools (Education) http://www.uscharterschools.org
This program provides funding for the design and implementation of public charter schools. Increased emphasis is being placed on the success and accountability of these schools. Grants are provided on a competitive basis to states with charter school laws; states, in turn, make sub grants to authorized entities. Funds may be used for activities such as purchasing equipment, materials, supplies, or dissemination of information about the charter school.
Comprehensive School Reform  (Education)  www.ed.gov/programs/compreform/index.html
Comprehensive school reform programs focus on school-wide efforts to improve education. Funds may be used to select or design a school reform model that is research-based and will best help all students reach state performance standards.
Even Start Family Literacy (Education)  http://www.evenstart.org
Even Start is a favorite program of Congress and, as a result, has gone from a discretionary grant to a formula grant program. States receive formula grant money and, in turn, make competitive grants available to school districts and their partnering agencies. Even Start programs are designed to enhance family literacy projects that combine early childhood, adult literacy, and parenting education services.
Head Start (Health and Human Services)  www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb
Head Start grantees are public agencies, school districts, or nonprofit groups. Head Start serves children ages 3-5 from low-income families. Early Head Start serves low-income pregnant women and families with toddlers or infants. The Head Start program provides an array of social and educational services designed to equip young children and their parents with the skills they need to better transition into and experience success in school.
Homeless Children and Youth - Grants for State and Local Activities (Education)  www.ed.gov/programs/homeless/performance.html
The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act is the legislation that makes available formula grants to states to help them ensure that homeless children have access to public education. States provide subgrants to school districts which, in turn, may provide tutoring and other additional instructional services to meet the needs of homeless children.
Improving Teacher Quality www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/performance.html
The revised ESEA law consolidates the Class-Size Reduction (FY01 - 1.6 billion) and Eisenhower Professional Development programs (FY01 - 526 million) into a single, flexible formula grant for improving teacher and principal quality. The money can be used for a variety of purposes, such as hiring teachers to limit class sizes, providing professional development, and funding initiatives to retain highly qualified teachers.
Magnet Schools Assistance in Desegregating Districts (Education)  http://www.magnet.edu
These competitive funds are available to school districts that are under a court-ordered or federally mandated desegregation plan. Magnet programs are designed to support and enhanced curriculum and attract racially diverse student populations.
Migrant Education Basic State Grants (Education)  www.ed.gov/programs/mep/index.html
This formula grant program provides education and support activities, such as academic, remedial, bilingual, vocational instruction, and guidance, to students who meet the definition of a migratory child or youth. Other activities may include career education, counseling, health, and preschool services. Activities are designed to meet the special needs of this population, particularly those who are educationally disadvantaged and at risk of not meeting state standards.
Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act (Educational)  http://www.ed.gov/programs/techprep/index.html
This program supports equal access by special populations at the secondary and postsecondary levels to vocational and technology education activities, plus related professional development activities for teachers, counselors, and corrections educators. States receive formula grant funds; school districts then receive subgrants. Funds may be used to develop, disseminate, and field test curriculum materials and promote partnerships with appropriate entities.
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (Education) 
www.ed.gov/programs/teachtech/index.html

This competitive grant program is designed to promote partnerships among private industry, K-12 schools, and universities. Activities may provide support for faculty on how to use technology in their classes, develop technology-based resources and tools, and create technology-related professional development and internship opportunities for teachers.
Reading First (Education)   www.ed.gov/programs/readingfirst/index.html
This new program is a revision and enhancement of the Reading Excellence Act (FY01 - 286 million). It provides assistance to state and districts in setting up "scientific, research-based" reading programs for children in grades K to 3. States may use up to 20% of the money to provide professional development for teachers. States must distribute at least 80% of the money to districts through a competitive-grant process, giving priority to high poverty areas. Funds may be used to purchase software and instructional materials and for staff development.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools (Education)  http://www.ed.gov/programs/dvpformula/index.html
This program consists of two major programs: State Grants for Drug and Violence Prevention Programs and National Programs. State Grants is a formula grant program that provides funds to states and local school districts, and Governors, for a broad range of community and school-based prevention and education programs. National Programs provides funds for discretionary grants that focus on drug and violence prevention issues.
Smaller Learning Communities (Education)   www.ed.gov/programs/slcp/index.html
This program helps create smaller and more supportive learning environments in large public high schools, those enrolling in over 1,000 students in Grades 9 to 12.  Such innovations as schools-within-schools or career academies that assign students to groups of a few hundred are typically implemented.  Funds can be used for (1) professional development and (2) research, development, and implementation of strategies that include parents, business representatives, community-based organizations, and other community members in the activities of the smaller learning communities.
Special Education IDEA (Education)  www.ideapractices.org
The Individuals with Disabilities Act was reauthorized in June 1997. Programs provide financial assistance to states to help them meet the educational and developmental needs of over 5 million children, ages birth through 21. The law focuses on increased expectations, more coordination and involvement by parents and the regular classroom teacher, and more professional development for all involved in educating children with disabilities. The law also permits schools broader authority to remove special education students from the classroom for bringing illegal drugs or weapons to school and integration of funds into Title I school-wide programs. Special Education services apply to a vast array of disabilities, including those with severe disabilities, the emotionally disturbed, and the severely and profoundly mentally retarded. IDEA grant categories include those to states and preschools, as well as grants for infants and toddlers.
Star Schools (Education)   www.ed.gov/programs/starschools/index.html
The Star Schools program has helped to improve instruction in mathematics, science, foreign languages, literacy skills, and vocational education in underserved areas through partnerships that develop, construct, acquire, maintain, and operate telecommunications, audiovisual equipment, and facilities. More than one million students and their teachers in 50 states and territories participate in this distance learning program, which provides continuation grants only.
Tech-Prep Education (Education)   www.ed.gov/programs/techprep/index.html
The program offers assistance to states to award grants to a consortia of school districts and postsecondary institutions to operate programs that facilitate technical preparation in applied science; engineering technology; industrial, mechanical, or practical trades; agriculture; health; or business. Programs must include the last two years of high school and two years of postsecondary education, leading to an associate degree or a two-year certificate.
Title 1 (Education)   www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html
This formula grant program is the largest of the Elementary and Secondary Education Programs and provides services to children who are at risk of meeting state standards. More than 50,000 schools nationwide use Title I funds to support additional instruction in reading and math, technology programs, preschool education, before- and after-school programs, and summer school programs. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is scheduled to be reauthorized in the upcoming year. Look for even more emphasis on accountability and professional development.
 

 U.S. Department of Education Grant Programs

 Description

Fiscal Year 2005 

Fiscal Year 2006 

Change +/- 

Early Reading First - these competitive grants to school districts and nonprofit organizations support activities in existing preschool programs designed to enhance the verbal skills, phonological awareness, letter  knowledge, and pre-reading skills of children from birth through age five.  Funds are targeted to communities with high numbers of low-income families.

 $104

 $104

 $0

Educational Technology State Grant - These grants help state, district, and school efforts to integrate technology into the classroom, ensuring that teachers have the knowledge, skills, and curricula needed to use technology effectively to improve student achievement.  States allocate half of the funds to districts by formula and the remainder competitively to high-need districts, or consortia that include such a district, in partnership with an entitiy having expertise in integrating technology into the curriculum.  Districts may use funds to train teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum and serve as technology experts int heir schools, develop and implement high-quality information technology courses, and purchase effective technology-based curricula.

 $496

 $496

 $0

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants - This program combines two old grant programs - The Class Size Reduction and Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants - into one program designed to strengthen teachers' skills and knowledge to build a high-quality teaching force.  Funds also may be used to update teacher certification or licensure requirements, alternative certification, tenure reform, merit-based teacher performance systems, differential and bonus pay for teachers in high-need subject areas, and teacher mentoring programs.

 $2,917

 $2,917

 $0

Literacy Through School Libraries - This program helps school districts provide students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials and highly qualified school library media personnel.  Increasingly, school library media centers are linked to computers in classrooms, and they can play a strategic role in enhancing the educational impact of student access to, and use of, information.

 $19.70

 $19.70

 $0

Mathematics and Science Partnerships - This program aims to improve academic achievement in mathematics and science by promoting strong teaching skills for elementary and secondary school teachers.  The program provides grants to partnerships of state educational agencies, higher-education institutions, and school districts for activities such as the development of rigorouw mathematics and science curricula, distrance learning programs, and incentives to recruit college graduates with degrees in math and science into the teaching profession.

 $178.60

 $184

 $5.4+

Reading First State Grants - These funds are used to infuse high-quality, scientifically based reading research in school reading instruction so every child can read by the end of third grade.  Funds are used to help schools and districts provide teachers professional development in reading instruction, adopt and use reading diagnostics for students in kindergarten through third grade to determine where they need help, implement reading curriculum that are based on recent findings of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and provide reading interventions for young grade-school children to ensure they can read at grade level by the end of the third grade.

 $1,042

 $1,042

 $0

Special Education - These funds include money for professional development in school and funds to support state strategies for improving educational results, including efforts to hold school districts and schools accountable for the educational progress of children with disabilities, providing high-quality technical assistance to school districts and schools, and changing state policies and procedures to address systemic barriers to improving results for students with disabilites.

 $11,674

 $11,771.00

 $97+

Tech-Prep Education State Grants - These state formula grants link secondary and postsecondary vocational and academic instruction to prepare individuals for hgh-tech careers.  Tech-Prep programs emphasize the development of (and teacher training in) applied instructional methods for academic classes; more successful entry into postsecondary educatio; and an increased emphasis on academics, especially math, science, and technology.

 $106

 $106

 $0

Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) - These grants fund supplemental programs that help poor children meet the same challenging state academic standards as other children.  For example, Title I supports more individualized instruction, fundamental changes in the school to improve teaching and learning, and preschool education.

 $12,700

 $12,800

 $100+

 *figures in millions 

     

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