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MOTA TRAINING COURSES-STATEWIDE, PERIOD OCTOBER 1962 TO MARCH 31, 1973
NOTE Percent of graduates who have had employment after completing course, 86 percent. Percent of graduates emproved who have had employment related to training, 83 percent.
FINANCING CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING RELATIVE PRIORITY OF
a. Manpower needs and job opportunities
In allocating funds among local educational agencies, the State board gives consideration to information regarding current and projected manpower needs and job opportunities, including new and emerging needs and opportunities on the local, State, and national levels.
b. Vocational education needs
The State board also gives consideration to the relative vocational education needs of all the population groups referred to in the act in all geographic areas and communities in the State.
A statement of local vocational education needs and objectives together with appropriate supporting data such as characteristics of the population, the labor force, the disadvantaged and handicapped, unemployment and dropout rates as well as general economic status is prepared by the local education agency with assistance of the State staff and submitted to support the application for funding. Information includes reference to the vocational education needs of each of the various population groups and to financial burdens which may be placed upon the local agency by necessity of providing special education programs and services for vocational education students particularly those who are handicapped or disadvantaged. Application review committees determine the weight to be assigned to applications with respect to this criterion by assessing the relative need of each local agency and by measuring local statements of need against the statewide need data used to prepare the State's long-range plan.
c. Relative ability to provide resources
In allocating funds among local educational agencies supported in whole or in part with local tax revenues, the State board gives consideration to their relative ability to provide the resources necessary to meet the vocational education needs in the areas or communities served by such agencies. In determining relative priority of local educational agencies in terms of their ability to pay, local education agencies serving areas which the State board has designated as economically depressed or high unemployment areas are given priority over local educational agencies not serving such areas. Within these two classes of local educational agencies, priorities are assigned to each local agency according to ability to pay as determined by the community's equalized weighted assessed valuation, median family income, level of support from State aid and total vocational program enrollment.
d. Relative costs of programs, services and activities
The State Board also gives consideration to the cost of the programs, services, and activities these local educational agencies provide which is in excess of the cost which may be normally attributed to the cost of education in such local educational agencies. Particular consideration is given to financial burdens which may be placed upon certain local educational agencies by the necessity of providing vocational education students, including disadvantaged and handicapped students, with special education programs and services such as compensatory or bilingual education which are not needed in areas or communities served by other local educational agencies in the State. Priorities with respect to this criterion will be established through a comparison of per capita costs specified in a given application with the statewide average per capita cost for similar programs, services, and activities.
e. Application of criteria in determining the relative priority of local applications
The application review committees in determining which local applications will be approved and in determining the percentage amount of the Federal share of the total cost of the programs, serv ices, and activities proposed in each approved local application applies each of the criteria described above to local final proposals in order to establish a relative priority among such proposals.
Local application is assigned a quantitative value derived from consensus of the special staff committee which reviews all local applications. Applications are ranked according to the following crite
1. Manpower needs and job opportunities-20 points.-Applications may be assigned a value from 0-20 in accordance with the degree to which they present promise, in relation to other applications, of fulfilling manpower needs and job opportunities.
2. Vocational education needs-40 points.- Applications may be assigned a value from 0-40 in accordance with the degree to which they present promise, in relationship to other applications, of satisfying the vocational education needs of the population groups referred to in the act.
3. Relative ability to pay--30 points-Application may be assigned a value from 0 30′ in accordance with the relative ability of the local agency to pay the cost of training.
4. Relative cost of programs, services, activities-10 points.-Applications may be assigned a value from 0-10 in accordance with the relative excess cost which accrues to the local agency as a result of its providing special programs services and or activities.
All newly funded proposals are recommended for maximum Federal funding in the event that sufficient funds are available. Financial responsibility for funded proposals will be assumed by the local educational agency within 3-5 years from the starting date of the project.
In the event of insufficient funds, applications will be funded aecording to the following schedule.
Determination of a precise percentage rate is based on an overall ratio of “funds available” against "amounts requested. '
f. Matching of local funds for State funds overall State matching.
The State board assures that Federal funds will be allocated to local educational agencies in a manner which will result in at least $1 of Federal funds expended under the State plan for vocational education programs, services, and activities under part B of the act.
for each dollar for State and local funds combined, but not in a manner which requires local educational agencies to match Federal funds at a percentage ratio uniform throughout the State.
Reasonable tax effort
The State board assures that no local educational agency with taxing authority which is making a reasonable tax effort will be denied funds for the establishment of new vocational education programs solely because it is unable to pay the non-Federal share of the cost of such programs.
The tax effort of a local educational agency is represented by the ratio between the total annual revenues available to the agency for educational purposes and the total wealth of the local area or community served by the agency.
A local educational agency's tax effort is considered reasonable whenever it is equal to or greater than the State average tax effort.
A vocational school is planned to open in Cranston in 1975. Federal funded programs are expected to increase as a result of expanded interest in vocational-technical education allied with the planning of this new facility and its offerings.
Local budgetary issues retarded program and development in Providence. State and local procedures have now been adjusted so that Providence may participate more fully in the future.
East Providence was selected as the site for a major career education pilot effort in K-12, therefore bringing its Federal percentage somewhat out of line with State averages. Woonsocket and Pawtucket secured a larger percentage of Federal funds based on relative economic need in those cities including high dropout and unemployment rates.
*The remaining 26 towns include 9 which are depressed, rural in nature, and have relatively small populations. All of these towns except New Shoreham have access to programs in their respective area Vocational school through a quota system based on the percentage of 9th grade population of the school district. The expenditures listed on the following page are a result of the town's participation in these programs.
New Shoreham has the unique characteristic of being an isolated island approximately 1 hour by ship from the nearest mainland port. Because of its unique characteristics, a special prevocational program covering six areas of exploration was developed for the purpose of exposing its youth to vocational opportunities on the island, and making them aware of those available throughout the State.
Rhode Island is a unique State in many ways including size, density, population breakdown, and general characteristics of population. No city within the State of Rhode Island exceeds a population of 250,000. A study by the Rhode Island Department of Community Affairs (1970) has determined that 35 of the 39 towns, or 88.4 percent of the State is economically depressed. It is also known that the dense metropolitan areas including Providence-(19 percent); Pawtucket (8.1 percent); Warwick-(8.8 percent); Cranston-(7.7 percent); Woonsocket-(5.0 percent).; and East Providence (5.1
percent), account for 53.7 percent of the State's population. The city in the State is Providence with a population of 179.213
(1972 census figures).
Prior to 1963, Rhode Island distributed Federal funds among the State's vocational education programs at a rate uniform throughout the State. Application of the funding procedure described in g(i) has resulted in these six cities receiving proportionally more funds than other less-needy districts.
NOTE -The above"chart "does not reflect State or Federal funds for construction nor State contribution received by obies under our State aid for muia.
NOTE The above chart does not reflect State or Federal funds for construction nor state cost bulion received by towns unde au state Aid Formula
In 1972, as shown in the chart above, a variety of exemplary programs were funded with part D moneys, Career education programs were in the early developmental stages.