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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  8

POLICY CODE: GFC

 

TO:                   Superintendents of Schools

FROM:             Susan Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:              August 15, 2005

RE:                    Per Pupil Professional Development Funds

The FY ’06 (for 2005-2006) application for the Per Pupil Professional Development (PPPD) funds to support the implementation of the Learning Results is available on the Department of Education’s website.   All public school administrative units are eligible for these funds.   Each school administrative unit must decide if it wants to receive the funds individually ($7.00 per pupil enrollment) or as part of a collaboration ($9.00 per pupil enrollment).   Enrollment is based on October 2004 data.   The per pupil allocations have been reduced as part of the recent state budget deliberations.   These funds will also be reduced next year.

Some salient points relative to PPPD are:

Although a needs assessment is not required as part of the application, school administrative units should review their No Child Left Behind needs assessment (especially for Title IIA) and other tools, such as results from the local assessment system and the Maine Educational Assessment ( MEA).   Content-based professional development aligned with an articulated curriculum, appropriate instruction, necessary materials, and a comprehensive assessment system will lead to student achievement of the Learning Results.  

Please direct any questions to Barbara Moody (207) 624-6830 or Barbara.moody@maine.gov

 The application and allocation spreadsheet are available at

http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/homepage.htm   in two formats.

We hope that the application and information are clear and concise, and that the use of these funds assists you in providing effective professional development to support the implementation of Learning Results.