Important information about ESEA Title V- REAP Master Eligibility List

On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) posted the Fiscal Year 2018 Rural Education Achievement Program Master Eligibility List on their website. The purpose of ESEA Title V- REAP is to provide rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. The grant is non-competitive, and eligibility is determined by statute.

Maine DOE has reviewed Maine’s eligibility spreadsheet and has identified several errors within the FY 2018 eligibility spreadsheet. Maine DOE recognizes that many RLIS and Dual eligible districts (Columns M and N) are missing from the spreadsheet. Additionally, there are errors with the alternative poverty data (Column Y). This spreadsheet was reviewed by Maine DOE and Maine school districts leaders in early December. All requested corrections were made to the spreadsheet and submitted to USDOE on December 8, 2017.

Maine DOE has contacted the USDOE to inform them of the identified errors. The Department will continue to work with USDOE to ensure that the corrections are made. When the corrections are finalized and posted on USDOE’s website, Maine DOE will send you a follow-up memo requesting all Maine rural school district leaders review the finalized list.

For more information, please contact the Title V Coordinator, Daniel Weeks at daniel.r.weeks@maine.gov or call 624-6749.

 

Maine receives $3 Million in school improvement grant funding

Augusta – Maine schools eligible to receive funding under the school improvement grant program (SIG) are invited to apply for funding from the $3 million in funding Maine has received from the U.S. Department of Education. In Maine, schools categorized as “priority” under the State’s Title I accountability system are eligible to apply.

“I encourage eligible schools to consider applying for this grant funding. This is an opportunity for schools to receive purposefully focused additional funds to improve their achievement and opportunity goals for students,” said Deputy Commissioner of Education Bill Beardsley.

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Maine will receive a $1.5 million federal award in addition to the $1.5 million award the state received in July.  Funding through the SIG program will be distributed to schools through a competitive application process and will be based on the number of applications received and approved by the Maine Department of Education.

Last year, the Maine DOE issued a $1.6 million SIG award to Washburn Elementary School. These funds are currently supporting Washburn Elementary’s objectives to raise student proficiency in math by 30 percent and reading by 35 percent over the five-year grant award.

As part of the application process, eligible school districts who may be interested in the pursuit of a SIG are also asked to provide the Department with an Intent to Apply form by 4 p.m. on October 31, 2016. Applications from eligible school districts are due by 4 p.m. on December 14, 2016. School officials who have questions about the SIG program or who would like to obtain a copy of the Maine DOE LEA SIG application and the Intent to Apply form should contact Travis Doughty, Maine DOE’s Federal Grant Coordinator, at travis.w.doughty@maine.gov.

More information about the SIG program is available at http://www.maine.gov/doe/sig/.

Media inquiries should be directed to Jamie Logan, Maine DOE’s Director of Communications, at 624-6747 or jamie.e.logan@maine.gov.

Maine DOE accepting School Improvement Grant applications through December 14

The Maine Department of Education will once again be accepting applications for School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding during the 2016-17 school year. Grant awards made under this program could yield up to $1.5 million each to help close achievement gaps.

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Public invited to submit comment to Blue Ribbon Commission online

Members of the public who wish to submit comments or ideas about public education issues for consideration by the Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine may do so here. Comments submitted through the website will be distributed to members of the Commission.

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Maine school districts begin school year with new teacher and principal evaluation systems

AUGUSTA – As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, Maine schools are undertaking newly revised teacher and principal evaluation systems. This year, for the first time, the majority of teachers and principals will be evaluated based on a professional practice model using a system that incorporates a student growth measure for educators.

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Maine DOE conducts professional development for teams of educators from Title I priority and focus schools

The Maine DOE in collaboration with Syntiro, conducted August professional development for teams of educators from Title I priority and focus schools across the state, focusing on “Organizing, Analyzing, and Responding to Student Data.”

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Annual notification of eligibility for schoolwide programs

Schools that receive federal Title I funds, have poverty rates of at least 40 percent and have approved Title IA Schoolwide Plans are eligible to use their Title I funds – and funds from other sources – to develop “schoolwide programs.”

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