In one project, special education students watched a film of the children’s literary classic Charlotte’s Web and then recounted what they had learned. Next, they created decorative announcements celebrating the birth of Wilbur the pig, and wrote letters to the character Mr. Zuckerman, explaining why Wilbur should not be killed.
Half are seeking planning grants, and half are seeking implementation grants. A total of $3 million will be distributed. Each of the letters of intent was reviewed by five members of the grant program’s Reform Collaborative, a body of 23 school reform activists.
Networks that were not selected for further consideration were invited to revamp their letters of intent and resubmit them in 1996. Guidelines for 1996 grants will be distributed near the end of this year.