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Use of PiE grants

Original post made by PiE Grants on Jun 18, 2009

I'm trying to find out how PiE grants are awarded. Several grants were awarded to develop a middle school Spanish Immersion curriculum over the summer. Are there any criteria that need to be met for these grants?

Comments (13)

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

The grant process is online at Web Link. I don't believe any PiE grants were awarded for Spanish Immersion.

Posted by PiE Grants, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Hi Palo Alto Mom, Thanks for the link. Those awards were for last year but I'll keep an eye on the list.
I was made aware of 2 awards that were given to set up a new middle school MI curriculum over this summer for 6th, 7th, 8th grades.

Posted by donor, a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

These poor decisions to give elite programs money donated in good faith will factor into my own decisions when the PiE ask comes my way again. One of the deciding factors in initiating SI and MI was that they are supposed to cost NO extra money. We have already paid dearly in administration time and attention, travel to China, etc. Now our PiE money is going down that hole to benefit a small number of children.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

There were NO PiE grants given to the SI program at Jordan. There were grants for books, technology access to printed materials and a Smart Board.

Posted by PiE Grants, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Palo Alto Mom

The SIPAPA minutes say differently - Web Link

"Middle School Update
Enrollement is sufficient to run SI in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Two PIE grants were obtained to develop the curriculum over the summer. Teachers need to be hired. "

Posted by PTA Parent, a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm

This is worrying. Many of us are not in favor of using PIE funds for SI. The Spanish classes at JLS are large and have very little in the way of technology in the classrooms. We also have to buy workbooks.

It is about time languages were taught equally. The immersion programs should not get anything more than any other language program.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The info I have from PiE shows no record of any PiE grant for SI. Even if they got a grant, that is different then the normal PiE money that goes to the schools on a per-student basis. Any teacher can apply for a grant, which are typically under $3000.

Posted by PiE Grants, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Palo Alto Mom,

The best that can be said from the information you've provided and the minutes is that SI has applied for several $3,000 grants, which have been approved, and are pooling the $6,000 result.
Discounting your information (any chance you can publish it?) and all we know is that we are donating a lot of money to SI. Including funding teaches, apparently.
Either way, there appears to be little to no oversight. Which brings me back to the original question. How are PiE grants awarded?

Posted by fyi, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

The PiE grants are given from the monies raised during a separate request to honor your teacher. In spring, parents are given the chance to donate any amount to recognize the efforts of their children's teachers. The grant monies do not come from the direct PiE appeal made at the beginning of the year. Any teacher can apply for a PiE grant.

Posted by donor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

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Posted by Andrea, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

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Posted by PiE supporter, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

BAck to the PiE Grants. They are separate from the PiE general monies.Grants are given from a SEPARATE appeal. So, if you don't want the money going to this cause, then don't give it.

Please don't let this get in the way of your general donations to PiE, which up till now have been given back on a per student basis to each principal. So, the monies are distributed equitably back out, not based on favoring one program or school over the other.

Posted by PiE Grants, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Hi PiE supporter, Thanks for the clarification. Though I don't think I've ever seen these separate appeals. Can you point me at any doc on it?

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