ERIC Number: ED121931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Funding an Alternative School.
Alternate Learning Project, Providence, RI.
Several types of funding for alternative schools such as list books on Federal grants, foundations, and other sources of money are described in this paper, along with explanations about some of the ways in which an alternative school budget differs from that of a traditional school. Probably the best option from the point of view of stability is being funded by the public school system. This route also offers great advantages in terms of the amount of influence the program can have on more traditional schooling. However, an important difficulty to public funding is the tendency of a traditional system to attempt to make the alternative program conform to its ways. Start-up funding has been, until 1975, available from the Federal government in the form of an ESEA Title III grant. This avenue seems to be closing, but Federal funds are still available for a host of needs. Grants from private institutions and foundations are also available, yet these funds require considerable time and work to get and must be continually renewed. Tuition, as well as fund-raising through direct mail, solicitation of contributions, and some less traditional alternative methods such as the possibility of funding through operating a business or making things to sell are also mentioned. That flexibility is the essential ingredient of an alternative schools' budget as compared with that of a traditional school is highlighted. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alternate Learning Project, Providence, RI.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island (Providence)