Program Authorization: Article VIII, Sec. 2 of La. Constitution; R.S. 36:647; R.S. 17:21-27;Article VII, Sec. 10.1; R.S. 17:3801; R.S. 36:646(e); R.S. 36:649(e); Sec. 472 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA); Article VIII, Sec. 2; R.S. 36:647; R.S. 17:21-27; Act 18 of 1997
The mission of the Supplemental Education Assistance Program is to ensure that all recipients for the various activities supported by the flow-through funds included in this program will receive the appropriate and/or mandated services and funding.
The goal of the Supplemental Education Assistance Program is to distribute the funds as per the requirements of the various activities represented by the funds represented in this program.
The Supplemental Education Assistance Program includes the following activities: Church-Based Tutorial, Preschool Activities, Education Personnel Tuition Exemption/Fellowship Activities, Tuition Exemption/IAT-8(g) and Tuition Exemption Innovative/IAT-8(g), At-Risk Program Activities, Distance Learning and Textbooks, Endowment Programs, Student Assistance Programs, K-3 Reading and Math, Classroom Technology, Teacher Supplies, Charter Schools Loan Program, and Distinguished Educators.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the Church Based Tutorial activity, will provide an alternative educational system design which offers additional instructional time to increase student academic achievement and training in conflict resolutions skills to reduce disciplinary problems by having projects at 142 sites during FY 1998-99.
2. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the preschool activities, will continue to provide quality early childhood programs for at-risk preschoolers through funding for the Starting Points Preschool program.
1 Implementation is retained by the local providers
3. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the Educational Personnel Tuition Exemption/Fellowship activities, will increase the percentage of teachers participating in the vocational technical industrial education certification program who achieve permanent status in FY 1998-99 by 2%.
4. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the Educational Personnel Tuition Exemption/Fellowship activities, will process 100% of the tuition exemption applicants within 30 days of submission and 100% of the innovative professional development proposals within 45 days of submission to facilitate eligible individuals' participation in the maximum allowable courses/staff development activities in FY 1998-99.
5. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the distance learning and textbooks activity, will assist local schools and school districts in providing student access to courses necessary for scholarship and college entrance requirements to allow the maximum usage possible within funding provided.
6. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the distance learning and textbook activity, will continue to assist local school districts and nonpublic schools in the purchase of superior textbooks, library books, reference materials, and technology which enhance and expand instruction at the local level.
1 Funding amount set by BESE each year.
7. In FY 1998-99, the Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the K-3 reading and math initiative activity, will support local school districts in efforts to ensure that 75% of students involved in the initiative will show yearly growth and improvement toward reading on or above grade level as evidenced by state and/or local assessments.
1 Targeted population was calculated as 40% of the total K-3 population of 242,282. Continuation level assumes a 2% decrease in the number of at-risk students.
2 The state Department of Education projects approximately 9,000 teachers will be trained over a two-year time period.
3 The state Department of Education will be adopting and implementing a uniform statewide assessment instrument during SY 1997-98 for determining reading skills of students during a Fall '98 assessment. Actual numbers of students to be assessed are projected based on the first locally designed assessment conducted in the Fall of '97.
8. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the classroom technology activity, will coordinate the provision of educational infrastructure in all schools as measured by a 10% increase in the student to computer ratio and the percent of schools directly connected to the internet in FY 1998-99.
9. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the teacher supplies activity, will support the teacher supply funds which will distribute the appropriated level of state support for the benefit of children enrolled in approved schools in Louisiana for the purchase of classroom supplies and materials in FY 1998-99.
10. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the charter school loan program activity, will administer the loan fund in 1998-99.
11. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the at-risk activity, will flow funds to the named recipients as mandated by line item identification as indicated by the legislature in the current Appropriations Act.
12. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the endowment activities, will fund the 8(g) mini-grant awards of excellence, will match income with local education foundations to award teacher and school impact grants aimed at improving classroom instruction.
13. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, through the student assistance activity, will fund the Robert Byrd Scholarship in accordance with all applicable federal rules and regulations.
14. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, in conjunction with the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), will increase the number of parents/families served by 10% in FY 1998-99.
15. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, in conjunction with the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), will continue to exceed the HIPPY USA average family retention rate of 75% in FY 1998-99.
16. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, in conjunction with the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), will ensure that 95% of HIPPY children from poor or working poor families will successfully complete kindergarten in FY 1998-99.
17. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program, in conjunction with the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), will enhance service to families by increasing linkages by 10% a year between HIPPY programs and other early childhood or family focused services as measured by funding reports and through local advisory council membership in FY 1998-99.
18. In preparation for the "high stakes" LEAP for the 21st century activity, the Subgrantee Assistance Program will pilot remediation programs at 10 sites and summer school programs at 18 sites to raise the proficiency level of students in grades 3,4,7 and 8.
19. The Supplemental Education Assistance Program will administer the Type 2 Charter Schools Student Allocation for schools chartered by BESE in FY 1998-99.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The source of funding for this program is general fund, interagency transfer, statutory dedications and federal funds. The sources of interagency transfers include: federal Child Care and Development Block grant funds transferred from the state Department of Social services; and, 8(g) allocated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The statutory dedications include the Classroom-based Technology fund, the Teacher Supplies fund and the Charter School start-up Loan fund. (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The source of federal funding is the Learn and Serve America Grant, Public Law 103-82; the Christa McAuliffe Fellowships Awards; and, the Robert Byrd Scholarships.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 43.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 28.6% of the total request ($157,092,188) for this program. The decrease in general fund reflects a $10 million reduction in the K-3 Reading and Math program to reflect non-recurring purchases of materials and supplies; the addition of $1,775,000 for the new High Stakes Testing Remediation and Intervention pilot programs; the addition of $1,450,000 for the per pupil allocation for Type 2 Charter Schools; and various transfers form the State Activities budget unit. The decrease in total means of financing reflects non-recurring adjustments for the one-time Teacher Supplies Fund and the classroom-based Technology Fund; the elimination of DSS Child Care and Development Block Grant funding for the Church-based Tutorial Network; increase in federal funds for the Starting Points program, Robert Byrd Scholarships, Learn and Serve and Christa McAulliffe grant awards.
Church-based Tutorial Network: General fund flow-thru to churches and non-profit organizations to provide after school tutoring and summer, Saturday enrichment programs including $75,000 for the N.O. Drug Education Center
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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