Superintendents of Alliance Districts
Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of Education
Chief Elected Municipal Officials of Alliance DistrictsBoard of Education Chairs of Alliance Districts
May 25, 2012
Alliance District Provisions of Education Reform LegislationSection 34 of Senate Bill 458, which was signed into law by Governor Malloy last week,establishes a process for identifying thirty Alliance Districts
the districts with the lowestdistrict performance index scores statewide
and allocates to these districts $39.5 million inincreased Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
Each district’s receipt of its designated allocation is conditioned upon
district submission, andState Department of Education approval, of an application that includes a plan for theexpenditure of this new increment of conditional funds
in the context of the district’s overall
strategy to improve academic achievement.The State Board of Education will likely issue formal guidelines at an upcoming meeting thatwill enable the Department to finalize the approval process. In the interim, the Department isproviding the preliminary information in this letter
which the state Board may modify
toprovide districts the opportunity to begin to formulate their plans. We anticipate producing anddistributing a final application to Alliance Districts in the coming weeks.
Please note that this funding, unlike the rest of the ECS grant, will be disbursed directlyto school districts, and not to municipalities.
The Department will likely require that districts reserve the substantial majority of conditional funding for new reform efforts, or the extension of existing reform efforts,that are specifically designed to improve student achievement.
Alliance District designations are for a five-year period. Subject to future year budgets,appropriations, and determinations, it is anticipated that the funds allocated for reformefforts in the Alliance Districts will continue in future years. District plans should coverfive years of reform activity.
Districts must include specific, multi-year objectives and performance targets in theirplans. Alliance Districts may qualify for future years of program funding based uponsuccessful attainment of these metrics.
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