by Martha Zaragoza-Díaz, CABE Lobbyist
Approximately 1,000 local educational agencies (LEA’s) will receive about $100 million in grants to help students prepare to attend college. The College Readiness Block Grant (CRBG) funding comes from Senate Bill 828 of 2016, which authorizes the allocation for $200 million to county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools that reported unduplicated students (English learners, economically disadvantaged students and foster youth) in grades nine through twelve during the 20156-16 fiscal year.
The CDE will allocate the funds in two installments. The first installment, to be paid in 2016, reflects approximately 50% of each LEA’s entitlement based on eligible students. Remaining funds will be released in 2017.
The CRBG funds can be used to pay Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examination fees; develop or purchase materials that support college readiness, including college entrance exam preparations; counseling services for students; expand access to coursework or other opportunities to satisfy a-g course requirements, and send teachers, counselors, and administrators to professional development opportunities related to college readiness.
While LEA’s do not to apply to receive the CRBG funds, there are other requirements such as the development and adoption of a local plan, and the submission of a report to CDE on how the LEA will measure the impact of the funds received.
This funding is viewed as providing every student with an opportunity to attend college by giving our students the right tools to prepare for and succeed in higher education.
Details are provided on the CRBG website: www.cde.gov/CRBG.