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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  78
POLICY CODE:  GFC

 

 

TO:                Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             February 22, 2007

RE:                 Per Pupil Professional Development Funds

The Per Pupil Professional Development (PPPD) funds to support the implementation of the Learning Results will no longer be allocated to individual SAUs starting in school year 2007 - 2008.  These funds will be used to assist and support the transition to the proposed streamlining of school administrative structures as approved by the Legislature. The funds for the current school year, whether they have been received or not, will not be affected.   However, there will be no carryover of these funds.  Any funds not expended or encumbered by June 30, 2007 must be returned to the State with the final PPPD Performance Report, due September 1, 2007.

Some salient points relative to PPPD are:

  • Data regarding the use of last year’s funds are necessary for us to report to the Legislature.
  • Final Performance Reports will be due September 1, 2007.
  • Completed Performance Reports must be sent in hard copy or faxed to 624-6821.

We hope that the use of these funds has assisted you in providing effective professional development to support the implementation of Learning Results. The Maine Department of Education intends to continue to support high quality, content-based professional development aligned with an articulated curriculum, appropriate instruction, necessary materials, and a comprehensive assessment system that will lead to student achievement of the Learning Results.  Funding for professional development through the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) formula will continue to be available to you, as it has been since the 2005-2006 school year.   For 2006-07, $51 per-pupil is included in the calculation of each unit’s EPS Per-Pupil Rates. 

Please direct any questions to Barbara Moody (207) 624-6830 or barbara.moody@maine.gov.
The final performance report document will available in June, 2007 at
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/ in two formats.