Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Education/Arts: Grants and Financial Assistance Programs

E14 School Finance and District Support
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Tel: 781-338-6585
Fax: 781-338-6530

School Finance and District Support oversees and approves all grant and financially-based programs available from the department. Some include: Chapter 636, Desegregation funding, Magnet Schools, METCO programs, School Choice, which allows participating school systems to accept non-resident students; Charter Schools, which are public schools that operate independently of any school committee under a five-year charter granted by the Board of Education; Transportation Reimbursement; State Wards, who are homeless pupils or those in foster care and whose cost of education is reimbursed to the community have the child under its jurisdiction; and the Pothole Program, which is a one-time financial assistance for unforeseen circumstances from the department to local school districts. 

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