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Title Ninth Grade Success Grant Program
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/01/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. Buentello (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/26/2019
Description

The bill establishes the ninth grade success grant program (grant
program) to provide money for school districts, boards of cooperative
services (local education providers), and charter schools to implement a

ninth grade success program to assist ninth-grade students in developing
the skills they need to graduate from high school and be successful
postgraduation. The grant program is funded through the student
re-engagement grant program fund.
The bill specifies the minimum application requirements for a
local education provider or charter school that chooses to apply for a
grant. The department of education (department) shall administer the
grant program by reviewing applications and making recommendations
to the state board of education (state board), which will award the grants.
In making recommendations and awarding grants, the department and the
state board shall prioritize those applying local education providers and
charter schools that have 4-year high school graduation rates that rank in
the bottom 20% of the 4-year high school graduation rates statewide. The
bill includes additional criteria that the department and the state board
must consider. A local education provider or charter school that receives
a grant must provide matching money or in-kind contributions in amounts
set by the state board, not to exceed specified percentages.
Each local education provider and charter school that receives a
grant must use the money to implement a ninth grade success program
that meets the requirements specified in the bill. Each grant recipient must
report information concerning its ninth grade success program, including
evaluation data for several specified outcome measures. The department
must submit a report concerning the implementation of the grant program
to the state board and to the education committees of the general
assembly.

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