Colorado Graduation Pathways ($3 million)
The goal of the Colorado Graduation Pathways initiative is to develop sustainable, replicable models for dropout prevention and recovery that improve interim indicators (attendance, behavior and course completion), reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate for all students in Colorado’s highest need schools.
Expelled and At Risk Student Services ($7.4 million)
The main focus of this program is to provide education for students who have been expelled and prevent suspensions and expulsions.
This new program is dedicated to ensuring that students in foster care are achieving academically through course completion, advancing to the next grade, accruing credits toward graduation, and on a path to post-secondary success. These efforts are being organized by the new State Coordinator for Foster Care Education, who will be leading this work. This position was created in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Morgridge Family Foundation, and Mile High United Way.
This work involves coordination and collaboration among a variety of programs throughout the department to strengthen services and supports to secondary students. It includes outlining a framework to implement concurrent enrollment, the Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) program, Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPS) and School Counselor Corp grant program.
21st Century Community Learning Center ($12.5 million)
This grant program distributes funds to qualified applicants pursuant to Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. It supports academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
This program works to increase educational access, school stability and academic success for students experiencing homelessness in public school districts.