US Department of Education: "Quick and Simple: The New Small, Rural School Achievement Grant Application Process"
Acting on recommendations outlined in the Section 5005 Report on Rural Education (see https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/rural/rural-education-report.pdf for more information), the Department has examined how to decrease the burden associated with the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program application process. A number of potential process improvements were identified, and the Department is committed to adopting a more streamlined SRSA application. The Department wants to limit the amount of information that it collects from school districts to that information which is absolutely necessary to process an application. In addition, the Department is seeking to identify a more user friendly platform for school districts to use to submit their applications.
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Patrick Carr is the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) group leader for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In this role he manages the Small, Rural School Achievement and Rural Low-Income School programs for the Rural, Insular, and Native Achievement program office.
Andreana L. Jones, Ed.D., is the Director of Federal Programs and Students Services for Taliaferro County Schools, where she oversees school improvement efforts, special education, and positive behavioral supports. Dr. Jones has previously served the school district as a science teacher, after-school program director, and assistant principal. A native of Taliaferro County, Andreana, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Augusta University, Master’s & Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from Augusta University, and an Ed. D. in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia. Andreana serves on numerous boards and works to mentor both students and adults. The foundation of her teaching and leadership style is rooted in her belief that the education and nurturing of children is one of the most important roles of adults. Dr. Jones believes that educators should esteem working to unlock the potential of each child greater than simply working to achieve high standardized test scores.