Grants will help small, rural school districts
The 15 new alternative education grant programs will begin at the start of the 2010-11 school year.
They join 55 existing programs that will receive $4.8 million in funding from the 2009-11 state budget.
Each newly funded program will be eligible for grants for five years.
Projects receive complete funding for the first three years of the grant, 60 percent funding in the fourth year and 40 percent funding in the final year. School districts are expected to sustain the alternative education programs beyond the grant cycle.
Alternative education programs serve students who have been identified as at-risk for poor attendance, failing grades, drug or alcohol problems, or other issues. Styles of alternative education programs may include pulling students out of the traditional school setting to receive educational services, academy or business programs that provide workforce training or service-learning opportunities to help students acquire the credits and competencies needed for high school graduation.