Reforming alternative schools in Connecticut -- Center for Children's Advocacy
The Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community grants initiative was designed to identify, support, and disseminate models of cross-sector coalitions working to improve health by taking action to address the social and economic determinants of health, such as education, employment, income, community safety, and family and social support.The Center for Children's Advocacy seeks to require the State Department of Education to collect information from alternative schools, establish standardized processes for student transfers to alternative schools, and mandate class hours and course offerings at alternative schools. Alternative schools, which impact thousands of Connecticut students, have extremely low graduation rates and are often used to remove students from regular schools who are low-achieving, have special needs, or have poor school attendance. The Center for Children's Advocacy and its coalition partners will pursue reforms through documentation of data and stories from alternative schools in Connecticut, educating and engaging parents and teachers at the alternative schools, conducting media outreach to increase the visibility of the issue, and educating and informing legislators about the issues surrounding alternative schools. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying, and the grantee has set aside sufficient unrestricted funds to engage in any lobbying activities. Deliverables include public education materials and presentations, media and communications materials promoting the issue, creation of case studies illustrating the need for regulation and data on alternative schools, and fact sheets for families on their educational rights.
Amount Awarded $200,000.00
Awarded on: 11/2/2012
Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 10/31/2014
Grant Number: 70535