TEA News Releases Online
May 28, 2010
Texas Education Agency receives $50,000 grant
for dropout prevention efforts
AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency has received a one-year*, $50,000 AmeriCorps Planning Grant from the Corporation for National Community Service, through the OneStar Foundation, to expand effective dropout prevention strategies that encourage students to graduate from high school and become college and career ready.
The agency will invest matching resources of $85,000 to support the combined dropout prevention efforts of Communities In Schools (CIS) and AmeriCorps. Grant and matching funds will be used to design a Texas dropout prevention model that uses assessments and an early warning data system to identify potential dropouts. AmeriCorps volunteers, working with local CIS programs throughout Texas, will serve as adult advocates and mentors for these students.
CIS is a national program with a proven record for dropout prevention both nationally and in Texas. The CIS model is a comprehensive approach that provides case-management to individual students as well as services to the entire school.
The state of Texas invests over $16 million each year in CIS to operate 27 local CIS affiliates, reaching over 85,000 at-risk youth on 807 school campuses in 114 counties. Texas has been recognized by the National Governors Association (NGA) as a leader in promoting graduation and preventing student dropouts.
This new project reflects the state’s commitment to proven research-based and cutting edge strategies to prevent dropouts and recover students who have previously dropped out. These strategies include providing challenging and personalized learning environments, role models and mentors, and academic support to help struggling students catch up; and, using data systems to identify struggling students early.
In 2010, TEA allocated approximately $250 million in state and federal funding for targeted dropout prevention and recovery initiatives. The state additionally allocated $335 million in High School Allotment and approximately $3 billion in Compensatory Education Allotment funds to school districts.
To read more about how Texas identifies, prevents, and recovers dropouts, please visit the TEA Web site’s Dropout Information section.
*Editor's Note: This is a one-year grant. When first issued, this press release incorrectly labeled this as a two-year grant.