2013 ORS § 327.297¹
Grants for activities related to student achievement
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(1) In addition to those moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts, education service districts, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program for activities that relate to increases in student achievement, including:

(a) Early childhood support including establishing, maintaining or expanding quality prekindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs;

(b) Class size reduction with an emphasis on the reduction of kindergarten through grade three class sizes;

(c) Increases in instructional time including summer programs and before- and after-school programs;

(d) Mentoring, teacher retention and professional development;

(e) Remediation, alternative learning and student retention;

(f) Services to at-risk youth;

(g) Programs to improve a student achievement gap between student groups identified by culture, poverty, language and race and other student groups;

(h) Vocational education programs;

(i) Literacy programs;

(j) School library programs; and

(k) Other research-based student improvement strategies approved by the State Board of Education.

(2)(a) Each school district, each education service district, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program may apply to the Department of Education for a grant.

(b) The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education. In establishing the criteria, the State Board of Education shall consider the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under ORS 327.500 (Establishment).

(c) The applications shall include the activities to be funded and the goals of the district or program for increases in student performance. The applications shall become part of the local district continuous improvement plan described in ORS 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations).

(3)(a) Notwithstanding ORS 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (9), the Department of Education may not award a grant under this section directly to a public charter school.

(b) A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.

(c) A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the activities specified in subsection (1) of this section.

(4)(a) The amount of each grant for a program or school district = the programs or school districts ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to programs and school districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all programs and school districts that receive a grant).

(b) The amount of each grant for an education service district = the education service districts ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to education service districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all education service districts that receive a grant).

(c) As used in this subsection, ADMw means:

(A) For a school district, the extended weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (1) and 338.165 (Special education students) (2);

(B) For the Youth Corrections Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) multiplied by 2.0 [bad link];

(C) For the Juvenile Detention Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) multiplied by 1.5 [bad link]; and

(D) For an education service district, the sum of the ADMw of the school districts located within the territory of the education service district.

(5) Each district or program shall deposit the grant amounts it receives under this section in a separate account, and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for activities described in the districts or programs application.

(6) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program. [2001 c.794 §3; 2001 c.794 §3c; 2005 c.22 §231; 2007 c.578 §1; 2007 c.858 §30a; 2009 c.840 §1; 2011 c.313 §4; 2011 c.443 §5; 2011 c.705 §18]

Note: The amendments to 327.297 (Grants for activities related to student achievement) by section 9, chapter 704, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 14, chapter 704, Oregon Laws 2011. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, is set forth for the users convenience.

327.297 (Grants for activities related to student achievement). (1) In addition to those moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts, education service districts, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program for activities that relate to increases in student achievement, including:

(a) Early childhood support including establishing, maintaining or expanding quality prekindergarten programs;

(b) Class size reduction with an emphasis on the reduction of kindergarten through grade three class sizes;

(c) Increases in instructional time including summer programs and before- and after-school programs;

(d) Mentoring, teacher retention and professional development;

(e) Remediation, alternative learning and student retention;

(f) Services to at-risk youth;

(g) Programs to improve a student achievement gap between student groups identified by culture, poverty, language and race and other student groups;

(h) Vocational education programs;

(i) Literacy programs;

(j) School library programs; and

(k) Other research-based student improvement strategies approved by the State Board of Education.

(2)(a) Each school district, each education service district, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program may apply to the Department of Education for a grant.

(b) The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education. In establishing the criteria, the State Board of Education shall consider the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under ORS 327.500 (Establishment).

(c) The applications shall include the activities to be funded and the goals of the district or program for increases in student performance. The applications shall become part of the local district continuous improvement plan described in ORS 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations).

(3)(a) Notwithstanding ORS 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (9), the Department of Education may not award a grant under this section directly to a public charter school.

(b) A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.

(c) A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the activities specified in subsection (1) of this section.

(4)(a) The amount of each grant for a program or school district = the programs or school districts ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to programs and school districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all programs and school districts that receive a grant).

(b) The amount of each grant for an education service district = the education service districts ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to education service districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all education service districts that receive a grant).

(c) As used in this subsection, ADMw means:

(A) For a school district, the extended weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (1) and 338.165 (Special education students) (2);

(B) For the Youth Corrections Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) multiplied by 2.0 [bad link];

(C) For the Juvenile Detention Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) multiplied by 1.5 [bad link]; and

(D) For an education service district, the sum of the ADMw of the school districts located within the territory of the education service district.

(5) Each district or program shall deposit the grant amounts it receives under this section in a separate account, and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for activities described in the districts or programs application.

(6) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program.

Note: Sections 82 and 83, chapter 722, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

Sec. 82. Grants to improve student achievement in certain schools. (1) The Department of Education shall make grants to improve student achievement in schools that:

(a) Serve students in any grade from kindergarten through grade eight; and

(b) Are in the bottom five percent of schools that are considered high poverty under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as determined based on a rating system used by the department.

(2) Moneys received under this section by a school described in subsection (1) of this section must be used to hire at least one licensed teacher for a full-time equivalent position at the school.

(3) Grants made under this section may be made only to a school for a school year in which the school did not receive any School Improvement Grant moneys under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

(4) The department shall award grants under this section to at least two schools from each congressional district. Criteria used in the awarding of the grants may include measures of income of the percentage of students who attend the school who are from families in poverty, instructional support needs and levels of academic performance.

(5) Any recipient of moneys distributed as a grant under this section must provide separate accounting for the moneys and may use the moneys only for the purpose for which the moneys are provided. [2013 c.722 §82]

Sec. 83. Section 82 of this 2013 Act is repealed on June 30, 2015. [2013 c.722 §83]