No Haste Just More Waste

Funding Down the State and Partnership Grant Slates From Fiscal Year (FY) 2014; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
Program Description
This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

FY 2015
Total Program Funding: $301,639,000
Total Number of Awards: 127
Total Number of Students: 570,462

State Grants
Number of New Awards: 1
Average New Award: $2,668,762
Total New Award Funding: $2,668,762
Number of Continuation Awards: 36
Average Continuation Award: $3,715,319
Total Continuation Award Funding: $133,751,469
Total Award Funding: $136,420,231
Total Number of Awards: 37

Partnership Grants
Number of New Awards: 3
Average New Award: $1,760,947
Total New Award Funding: $5,282,840
Number of Continuation Awards: 87
Average Continuation Award: $1,771,411
Total Continuation Award Funding: $154,112,772
Total Award Funding: $159,395,612
Total Number of Awards: 90

Student Data Reported
Students Performing at or Above Grade Level in English
Students Performing at or Above Grade Level in Math
Students Promoted to the Next Grade Level at the End of Prior School Year
Students with 5 or More Unexcused Absences During the First Two Quarters of the School Yr.

Total # of Participants in 2004-05 3,219,004

Total # of Participants in 2005-06 1,901,855

Why did it take the federal government ten years to defund this program costing tax payers more than three billion dollars?

Annual performance reports stop at the 2006 school year. In one year participants dropped by more than one million students. Where is the accountability for the other ten years this program has been in effect costing tax payers 301,639,000 per year?

We must use federal education funds to provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a successful adult and engaged citizen.

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