AP Incentive Grants From USDE

One of the best things that I got going while working for US Senator Jeff Bingaman (besides the SLC program, of all things) was the AP Incentive Grants program.  Today, ISBE Announced that a bunch of CPS schools will be getting awards.  See below. 

Illinois State Board of Education announces recipients

$1.5 million in Advanced Placement grants

, Ill. The Illinois State Board of Education has
announced awards to Illinois
schools through the Advanced Placement Classes - College and Career Success for
All Students competitive grant program for Fiscal Year 2006.  The amount of
funds for this year is a total of $1.5 million, which will be divided among the
28 successful bidders.

Advanced Placement Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between
secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955,
the program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to
take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate
in the program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases also earn
college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by
dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines
developed and published by the College Board.

On February 3, 2006 the Illinois
State Board of Education issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Advanced
Placement Classes College and Career Success for All Students
competitive grant program, with a March 6, 2006 deadline for application
submission.  Fifty proposals were received from Illinois public schools.

PA 094-0534, the College and
Career Success for all Students Act was enacted during the 2005
legislative session.  The legislation provides for staff development
training and support for students enrolled or preparing for Advanced Placement
classes.  This includes pre-AP programming in middle or high
schools.  ISBE made these funds available through a competitive bid grant
program, with eligibility requirements from schools or districts of 40% low
income students.  The RFP stipulated that individual schools could request
no more than $40,000 and districts no more than $100,000.  Eligible
entities may use these funds for AP or pre-AP programs, but must allocate 50
percent of any budget for contracted professional development offerings from
the College Board.

These funds are currently
appropriated annually as a new line in the ISBE budget.  This grant may be
refunded for a second and third year contingent on a sufficient appropriation
from the Illinois Legislature for future years.  Also contingent on
funding and agency discussion, funded programs may have the opportunity to
submit a budget for year 2 (FY07) and year 3 (FY08) for a continuation of the
grant that reflects activities commensurate with this legislation and the
on-going need for AP and pre-AP program support. The RFP indicated that all
funds received under this grant would have to be used by June 30, 2006, but a
subsequent decision was made to allow successful bidders to have until August
31, 2006 to engage in activities and utilize funds.

Proposals were evaluated by a panel of practitioners
familiar with all aspects of Advanced Placement programs, as well as
individuals familiar with challenges of low-income schools and districts.

 The list of schools receiving
grants, follows:


  • City of Chicago Schools 299,
         Infinity MST.
  • City of Chicago Schools 299, Youth Connections. 
  • City of Chicago
         Schools 299, Kelvyn
          Park High
  • City of Chicago
         Schools 299, Wendell
          Phillips High
  • Sterling Community Unit
         District 5, Sterling
          High School.

 Aurora East District 131, Cowherd, Simmons and Waldo Middle, East High.

 City of Chicago
Schools 299, Noble Network Charter Schools.   

 Astoria Community Unit
School District

 City of Chicago
Schools 299, Lane Tech. 

 City of Chicago Schools 299, North Lawndale. 

 City of Chicago Schools 299, Foreman High School.   

 City of Chicago Schools 299, EXCEL Academy.

 Aurora West Unit School District 129.

 Kankakee School District 111.

 Springfield School District 186. 

 Galesburg Community Unit
School District

 City of Chicago Schools 299, Prosser Career Academy.

 Community High School District 218.

 Community Unit School District 300. 

 City of Chicago Schools 299, Harlan Community
Academy High

 South Holland School District 150, McKinley Junior High School.

 Crete-Monee School District 201U.

 School District U-46.

 City of Chicago Schools 299, North Grand
High School.

 Sparta Community Unit
School District

 Waukegan Public Schools District 60.

 Peoria District 150, Peoria
School District 150.

 Decatur Public Schools District 61.

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