Arkansas Code Ann. Sec. § 6-16-603 and § 6-16-604 mandates that a College Preparatory Enrichment Program (CPEP) be made available for eleventh and twelfth grade students scoring below 19 on the ACT test. The attached form is to be used by superintendents to indicate participation in CPEP 2006. School districts may operate independently, establish a consortium with a neighboring district(s), or assign funds to the area education service cooperative or higher education institution. All funds MUST be spent for the operation of CPEP during the summer of 2006 or be returned to the state.
Funds for the 2006 summer remedial program will be distributed to school districts based on a poverty index calculated for the percentage of free/reduced meals. Superintendents will be notified of the funding allocation for the district in late April or early May. Last year’s amount can be used as an estimate. When making plans for CPEP, districts must remain within the allocated amount. School districts, consortia, area education service cooperatives, or higher education institutions designed as service area sites that exceed the allotment will not be reimbursed. CPEP Rules may be found on the Department of Education website at http://arkedu.state.ar.us/rules/pdf/current_rules/ade_109_cpep.pdf.
THE ATTACHED INTENT TO PARTICIPATE FORM MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN March 24, 2006.
Confirmation of Participation and the CPEP Statement of Assurance forms are also attached to this Director’s Memo to facilitate the time lines for the program. Forms must be returned no later than April 21, 2006.
Please mail to Donna Wolfe, #4 Capitol Mall, Room 202A, Little Rock, AR 72201 or fax to 501-683-0585.