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Stronger Connections Grant (SCG) Public Comment Summary
Overview of Public Comment Process
On February 7, 2023, Colorado Department of Education (CDE) publicly posted a proposed definition for a “high-need” local education agency (LEA) that would be used for determining eligibility for the Stronger Connections Grant (SCG) program. SCG funds were made available through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA).
CDE asked for public comment on using the following three eligibility criteria:
- Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL) rates
- Student-to-Mental Health Provider ratios
- Chronic Absenteeism rates
CDE also asked for comments on an Alternative Eligibility Option through which LEAs would be able to provide local data to demonstrate needs aligned to the SCG.
Public comment was accepted through a feedback form and via email from February 7, 2023, to March 8, 2023, through CDE’s Stronger Connections Grant website. The following is a summary of the public comments received and how the information was used by CDE when developing the SCG application and guidance.
Summary of Comments
Public Comment Form Data