The Alliance District program is a unique and targeted investment in Connecticut’s 33 lowest-performing districts. Connecticut General Statue Section 10-262u establishes a process for identifying Alliance Districts and allocating increased Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding to support district strategies to dramatically increase student outcomes and close achievement gaps by pursuing bold and innovative reforms. Pursuant to C.G.S. § 262u, each Alliance District’s receipt of its designated ECS funding is conditioned upon district submission and the Commissioner of Education’s approval of a plan, district progress and performance relative to that plan, and subsequent annual amendments, in the context of the district’s overall strategy to improve academic achievement. The CSDE reviews district plans on an annual basis and approves plans aligned to the goals of the program. Annual plan approval is predicated upon district implementation and performance during the prior year.
Under Connecticut General Statute Section 10-262u(d), the following focus areas for spending are defined for Alliance District funds that may include, but not be limited to the following:
- A tiered system of interventions.
- Foundational reading programs (Grades K-3).
- Additional learning time, either extended day of extended year.
- A talent strategy designed to “attract, retain, promote and bolster the performance of staff,” including allowable $500 stipends for mentor teachers in the TEAM program.
- Training for school leaders and staff on new teacher evaluation models.
- Coordination with early childhood education providers, including funding for Head Start.
- Coordination with governmental and community programs for student support and Wraparound Services.
- Implementing and furthering statewide education standards and associated activities and initiatives.
- Minority teacher/administrator recruiting.
- Enhancement of bilingual education programs.
In total, the Alliance Districts serve over 200,000 students and over 410 schools. Through this program we have the opportunity to transform the educational experiences and outcomes of thousands of traditionally underserved students and families across the state.