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Student Success Funds to Be Granted

District set to receive $4.3 million during 2020–21 school year to bolster academic achievement • Funding is one-third of originally projected amount

Eugene School District 4J is close to securing millions of dollars in anticipated revenue to support student achievement, particularly among groups of 4J students that have been historically underserved.

The school board has unanimously approved the district’s grant agreement with the Oregon Department of Education to receive Student Success Act funds during the 2020–21 school year—an amount reduced by two-thirds from initial estimates, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The district will now move forward with finalizing the grant agreement and drawing the funds from the state.

The 2019 Oregon Legislature approved the Student Success Act, the most significant infusion of public investment into Oregon’s K–12 educational system in decades. The primary aim of the Student Success Act is to bolster academic achievement and reduce educational disparities for historically underserved groups of students, including students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners and students who are homeless or economically disadvantaged, and better meet students’ behavioral or mental health needs. Funds may be spent in some or all of four key areas for improvement: addressing health and safety needs, increasing instructional time, reducing class size, and ensuring a well-rounded education.

The local plan to invest Student Success Act funds was developed in an extensive process over several months in 2019–20. 4J’s Student Success Act planning process included several months of gathering and analyzing student data, reviewing research, and engaging extensive community input—including engagement with staff, students and families from historically underserved communities in public forums, small group meetings, online surveys, and targeted community events—to inform development of the plan to best support student success. The school board approved the plan in March 2020.

The district’s full plan contains major initiatives to improve early reading skills, increase access and inclusion, extend after-school and summer school learning opportunities, support emergent bilingual students, reduce class sizes in targeted grades, provide full schedules for high schoolers, and add more mental health, behavioral and wraparound supports for students, all designed to achieve the stated goals of the Student Success Act.

Eugene School District 4J now expects to receive about $4.3 million (including funds for charter schools and indirect costs) in Student Investment Account funds—about one-third of the amount that was initially projected—during the first year of the new school funding. In August 2020, state lawmakers reduced the amount of grant funding that eligible school districts could expect to receive in the first year, in response to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

4J will reduce the scope of implementation during the first year to account for the reduced level of funding. Some staff to support students’ wellbeing have already been added in anticipation of the funds, and most of the major initiatives contained in the plan still will be launched during the current school year, albeit at a reduced scope.

More information:
Reduced Plan Information
Reduced Plan Overview
Reduced Plan Strategies and Budget
Reduced Plan Grant Agreement
4J Student Success Act Plan, March 2020

More Student Success Act Information

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