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WSESU receives grant funding from a number of sources. A short description of each source is given below.

Consolidated Federal Programs Grant (CFP):

This is by far the largest source of grant funding for WSESU. CFP funds flow to the district by way of the State of Vermont, but are federal government funds authorized by federal education funding - the most recent of which is the 2002 "No Child Left Behind" act of Congress. Funds are allocated into the following entitlements:

Title I - These funds provide academic assistance to students in eligible schools who are failing, or at risk of failing, the state's content and performance standards. Title I strongly encourages professional development as a means of having all students succeed. Title I funds are allocated to every supervisory union / district based on the number of poor children, ages 5-17, who were identified as living in that district during the last census. Title I funds are spent in eligible schools based upon a locally designed and Department approved plan that is outlined in the CFP application. The plan itself is the result of work by parents, teachers, administrators, community members and others who have a vested interest in the success of the students in their schools.

Title IIA - These funds are for teachers and other staff to participate in activities that will improve their ability to provide instruction to K-12 students, Formerly restricted to the areas of math and science, the program now allows for use in other core subject areas, particularly in the implementation of Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, A formula involving enrollment, wealth, etc., determines the amount of funds allocated to supervisory unions/ districts each year. Independent schools wishing to participate receive professional development services. Schools receive funding to carry out activities consistent with local needs and have very wide discretion in determining what will best enable all teachers to obtain the skills and knowledge they need to help all students achieve high standards. Title II funds are specifically for professional development. Funds may be used for preparing teachers in the effective use of educational technology and assistive technology as instructional tools for increasing student understanding of the core academic subjects.

Title IID - These funds are to be used to support the integration of information technology into regular classroom practice, with great emphasis on technology integration in Title I schools. Purchase/ lease of computers, other hardware and software, and professional development for teachers are the primary uses of these funds

Title IV (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities) - The SDFSC initiative is designed to provide funds to LEAs to establish, operate and improve local programs in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention; early intervention; rehabilitation referral and education which promotes resiliency and reduce risks among youth. SDFSC funds are allocated by formula to supervisory unions/ districts for all public schools and those independent schools wishing to participate. These are not entitlement funds. Each local district decides how the money will be used. The law specifically requires each applicant to have an advisory council made up of groups involved and other groups with expertise in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse education and prevention. SDFSC funds are used for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and education program activities. Federal regulations, entitled "Principles of Effectiveness" govern the use of funds. Activities funded with Title IV monies must have a clear "No Use" message.

Title V (Innovative Education Program Strategies) - Title V funds provide public and independent schools with supplemental funding to: support local education reform efforts to accomplish local, state and national education goals; implement promising educational reform programs; provide a continuing source of innovation and educational improvement, including support for library and instructional materials; and meet the special education needs of at-risk and high-cost students. Funds may be used to develop programs under one or more of the eight innovative assistance areas:

  1. Effective use of technology for school reform
  2. Instructional and educational materials
  3. Educational reform projects
  4. At-risk programs
  5. Programs to combat illiteracy
  6. Gifted and Talented programs
  7. Reform activities consistent with Goals 2000
  8. School improvement programs.

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Updated: March 9, 2011