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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching

(First)

Family-School Partnerships

(CFDA No. 84.212)

Schools and Teachers Programs

(CFDA No. 84.211)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Augustus F. Hawkins-Robert T. Stafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvement Amendments of 1988, P.L. 100-297, Title III, Part B (20 U.S.C. 4801-4843), as amended (expires September 30, 1999).

Purpose: To improve the educational opportunities for and the performance of elementary and secondary school students and teachers; and to encourage local education agencies to increase the involvement of families in the improvement of the educational achievement of their children.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation 1/
1989 $5,928,000
1990 8,358,000
1991 8,894,882
1992 9,250,000
1993 9,083,744
1994 9,083,744
1/ Breakdown of appropriations is as follows:
FY 1989 FY 1990 FY1991 FY 1992 FY 1993
Family-School Partnership Programs
(CFDA No. 84.212A)
$1,976,000 $4,443,000 $3,610,952 $3,755,000 $3,687,264
Schools and Teachers: School-Level Program
(CFDA No. 84.211B)
1,526,899 2,090,000 2,445,809 2,496,894 2,294,482
Other Schools and Teachers Program
(CFDA No.84.211A)
2,275,101 1,675,000 2,688,123 2,848,106 2,951,998
Dissemination and Reporting 150,000 150,000 149,998 150,000 150,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

The program serves elementary and secondary school students and their families, teachers, and related personnel.

Services

The FY 1993 Family-School Partnerships program continued to focus on at-risk students and their families. The risk factors addressed include the effects of poverty, minority status, limited English proficiency, and disability. Twelve new grants and 14 continuation grants were awarded in 1993.

Examples of the new projects funded for 1993 include:

Under the FY 1993 Schools and Teachers Program-- School-Level Program, 26 grants received continuation funding, and two new grants were awarded. By statute, 25 percent of the FIRST appropriation must be awarded to school-level projects. Grant awards are by statute limited to a range of $5,000 to $125,000. When continuation costs fell just short of the 25 percent required funding level, two unsolicited applications from Dade County, Florida were funded. Funds went to local schools in the Hurricane Andrew disaster area for projects dealing with school readiness, high school completion, and improving achievement.

Among these continuation projects are the following:

Under the FY 1993 Schools and Teachers Program, 11 continuation projects were funded. Projects conduct activities to refocus priorities and to reallocate existing human and financial resources to serve children. Among the continuation projects were:

Management Improvement Strategies

The FIRST Program conducts a workshop for project directors annually and an independent contractor conducts regional workshops in response to requests for technical assistance. A plan is in place for the contractor to provide technical assistance to assist grantees in evaluating and measuring the impact of funded projects. A FIRST Program monitoring plan is in place to increase the frequency of telephone and on-site monitoring that will improve the effectiveness of technical assistance, the quality of information about programs, and knowledge about products. A concerted effort is being made to improve the quality and relevance of reports received from funded programs.

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.
  2. Abstracts of FY 1991, FY 1992, and FY 1993 funded projects.

IV. Planned Studies

None.

V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Bryan Gray, (202) 219-1496
Program Studies:
Robert Glenn, (202) 401-1958

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