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April 20, 2001









TO:††††† ††††††††††† Superintendents of Schools, Principals and Guidance Counselors


FROM:††††††††††† J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


RE:†††††† ††††††††††† Conflict Resolution/Character Education Grant Application


The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of grants to encourage the development, improvement or continuation of conflict resolution and character education in the public elementary and secondary schools.The grants provide funding for one year, in an amount ranging from $3,000 - $10,000.††† These grants are made available to schools through funding from a recent appropriation to the Maine Department of Education for conflict resolution education, and from the Departmentís Character Education Partnership grant from the United States Department of Education.†††


This project will allow schools to secure valuable resources and technical assistance to institute or develop conflict resolution, and character education programs which will enhance student well-being, student learning, and school climate.


The grant application is enclosed.  You may access the application on our website at the following address:  


Please note that it must be postmarked no later than May 20, 2001.


Written questions regarding the application process can be directed to Susan Corrente, Esq., at or by fax at (207) 624-6661.





$35,000.00 of the amount distributed under this grant program is from Maineís Year One grant from the United States Department of Education for the Character Education Partnership.