All federal funds are included in the district’s Consolidated Resource Plan (CRP). Districts submit this plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education by June 1st for the fiscal year beginning July 1st and may amend this application one time during the fiscal year, in January.
Federal funds, restricted state funds, and private grants are allocated to accomplish district initiatives consistent with the intended uses and restrictions on these funds. These funds are allocated through several mechanisms, including a comprehensive needs assessment based on student achievement data and systematic classroom observation of pedagogy, as well as comprehensive feedback from principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members.
Federal and other grant funds allow the district to conduct professional development, improve curriculum, enhance classroom activities, purchase technology, and plan and implement school reform. These funds are used to train teachers and other staff, engage the parents and community, develop and implement a standards-based curriculum and curriculum frameworks, and provide supplemental educational services such as literacy clinics, additional assistance in elementary school classrooms, and after-school programs.