Hearings on grant school reauthorization set


The reauthorization process for grant schools is getting an overhaul, and the Department of Diné Education thinks it can be done by December with input from the public.

That’s a huge task, according to Darrick Franklin, DoDE senior education specialist, who presented a slideshow on the process called “Updates on Reauthorization for Grant/Contract Schools” for Bureau of Indian Education school educators at Wingate High School on Monday and at Winslow Residential Hall the next day.

Franklin used a timeline that anticipated the start of changes by December. One of the changes was to the intervals at which schools would apply for reauthorization. Franklin said it will take collaboration between DoDE, the Dine?

Bi Olta School Board Association, schools and the public.

Under the current system, once a BIE school under the BIA becomes a grant school under DoDE that school obtains a grant for one, two or four years. With that in place, the school applies for reauthorization based on that interval. A school with a one-year grant goes for reauthorization after one year, while two- and four-year grants must be reauthorized at two and four years. That process requires paperwork that details school history, finances, plans for academic programs, and other details.

Under the proposed system, an annual form can be used to update information. The annual report will include a school improvement plan. In theory, each school works toward implementation of the plan.

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