Grants for Alternative Education

Most of us have been raised and educated in traditional schools. This means that we went to schools, stayed in classrooms with other students the same age as ours; we were made to study lessons from books, took exams, and after a certain number years, were told that we were ready to face the world on our own. We have been using this traditional educational system for as long as we can remember and it seems to work fine. But this is not the only system of education that’s possible; there are alternative education systems that could be as good if not better than what we have come to know. Grants for alternative education are being given by state governments in recognition of the fact that people can learn through different ways.

Alternative Education Program Grants – Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has instituted a State Discretionary Grant Program to provide financial assistance to alternative education programs within the state. This program is directed to serve students considered as at-risk – students who have failing grades, poor attendance record, family crisis, emotional and social issues, discipline problems, criminal behavior, alcohol and drug dependence, and other concerns as included in the statutory meaning of being at-risk. The grant can be applied to different styles of alternative education such as pull-out where a student is taken from the traditional school setting and is made to attend in another education setting which could be a community center or storefront, depending on the program offering. The Wisconsin state government has allocated $1.1 million for this program.

Alternative Education Grants and Funding Program – Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also has its own alternative education grants and funding program that seeks to provide alternative educational services to at-risk students – those who were expelled or suspended, pregnant or parenting teens, delinquent, returned dropouts, and truants. Also included in the program are students who generally have not met the school or curriculum requirements for promotion to the next level. Funds may also be spent to promote the application and use of technology in these programs. These grants for alternative education can also be used to develop different approaches that can help solve behavioral issues like crisis centers, availability of behavior specialists and other appropriate intervention methods.

Alternative Education Challenge Grant Program – Ohio

The Ohio Department of Education also has its own Alternative Education Challenge Grant Program for at-risk students and those who have other related problems as well such as alcohol and drug abuse, delinquency, mental health issues, and unemployment. This program is designed to keep students in school and off the city streets and tries to address the need of children and adolescent for basic development by helping them become involved in different activities that help them build academic, vocational and social skills and competencies, and develop citizenship.

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