Louisiana Believe and Succeed 

Overview: The Louisiana Department of Education is committed to providing pathways to a positive and productive future for the nearly 160,000 students who currently attend a D or F school in Louisiana. Over the last year much progress has been made; 40,000 fewer students matriculated to D and F schools in the fall of 2014 than in the fall of 2013. Yet, more must be done to ensure that every child has a pathway to productive citizenship within their community and within our state. To achieve this goal, the Louisiana Department of Education issues grants through Believe and Succeed: Louisiana's Initiative to Transform Struggling Schools.

History: Believe and Succeed grants empower Local Education Agencies to transform struggling schools into high quality, autonomous schools for students who would otherwise attend underperforming schools. Over the past two years, BESE has awarded over $13 million in Believe and Succeed grants to support school turnaround efforts, leadership development initiatives, and the launch of new autonomous schools across the state.

Program Update: 2015 Believe and Succeed grants will be funded from a new source – federal 1003g School Improvement funds (SIG-1003g). SIG 1003g will enable LEAs to apply for 3 to 5 year grants. LEAs may apply for funds to be spent at any current focus or priority school, which can be found on this list.

New Grants: The Louisiana Department of Education is awaiting approval from the federal Department of Education to release a final application, process, and timeline for applying for 2015 Believe and Succeed grants. LEAs interested in applying for 2015 grants should use the resources on the right sidebar – including guidance and the draft application and rubric pending final approval – to begin the planning process. More information will be posted when it is available.

Contact: Please email David.Shepard@LA.gov if you have any questions or are interested applying for a 2015 Believe and Succeed grant.