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Fifth-day School Enrichment Programs Funding

Concerning fifth-day school week supplemental enrichment programs.
2021 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill creates the fifth-day academic enrichment and support grant program (program) to award grants on a 3-year cycle to one or more eligible community-based nonprofit organizations (organizations) and to eligible rural school districts to provide supplemental educational programs to full-day kindergarten preschool through high school-aged children on the fifth day of the week for children in schools that have a 4-day school week.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must, in part, have experience providing before- and after-school programs, serve a majority of children from low-income families, and have a relationship or partnership with a local school district that serves children in the program. To be eligible for a grant, a rural school district must be rural, as determined by the department of education (department), have no eligible organization operating within the rural school district's boundaries, and serve a majority of children from low-income families.

The state board of education (state board) awards program grants in a 3-year grant cycle, with an initial grant and automatic renewal of the grant for 2 years as set forth in the bill. The amount of the initial and renewal grants is determined by the state board based on the number of children served in the program and other criteria specified in the bill.

Grants must be used for one or more of the purposes specified in the bill, including to provide supplemental educational programming to support students' academic, social, and emotional development on the fifth day of a 4-day school week, to provide meals and transportation for students attending the program, and to acquire educational materials and necessary technology to provide supplemental educational programming.

The state board shall promulgate rules to establish the program, including the application process and deadlines.

Grantees are required to report annually to the department of education (department) on the use of the grant money, with the department reporting to certain committees of the general assembly.

The bill creates a fund from which to pay program grants, consisting of money appropriated or transferred to the fund by the general assembly.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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