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Federal Policy and Programs
On Jan. 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This new law represents his education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965.
National Reading First focuses on putting proven methods of early reading instruction in classrooms.
English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act and Georgia's English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
The goal is to make high-quality afterschool enrichment opportunities widely available to inner-city and rural students and communities.
(Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities) provides funds for in-service training of teachers and administrators in strategies for eliminating drug and alcohol abuse and issues on personal and school safety.
(Title V-A: Innovative Programs provides funds for LEAs to design and implement innovative projects and activities to serve their educational needs and support student achievement)
A charter school is a public school that operates according to the terms of a charter, or contract, that has been approved by a local board of education and the State Board of Education.
Prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin.
Improving academic achievement.
(REAP is designed to assist eligible rural school districts with funds to support a broad array of local activities that support student achievement.)
(The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides for the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youth. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.)
Prohibits discrimination based on gender.
Georgia Learn and Serve is part of Learn and Serve America, a program funded with grants from the Corporation for National Service (CNS).
JROTC offers the opportunity for high school students to be enrolled in a citizenship program that falls under the umbrella of the Technology/Career Education Division at the Georgia Department of Education. Students completing the graduation requirements for technology/career education will receive the T/C seal. Students may also receive the college prep seal if they complete college prep requirements. At present there are approximately 165 Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force JROTC units in Georgia. Law establishes JROTC units fairly and equitably across the United States. Georgia has over its share of available units, however, the services recommend applying regardless in case expansion of the program is accelerated.