Summary: FIGHT TO PRESERVE UPWARD BOUND!
As you know, the Department of Education has released the draft Upward Bound application which
proposes a new funding structure aimed at reducing the cost-per-student to $4,500 or less. This proposed
reduction will compromise program quality and irrevocably change the program that has transformed
young people's lives since 1965.
This week, COE met with Department officials who have indicated they have only received FOUR
responses from the TRIO community about the potential impact of these changes. In the past, the
Department has received thousands of comments in response to proposed changes. It is critical that
representatives from each Upward Bound program speak out and make their voices heard.
I am asking each Upward Bound program to secure at least FIVE responses to the proposed application
by next Friday, November 18. Ideally, the comments will come from: the project director, a senior
administrator at your institution, teachers at your program, teachers and principals for your target schools,
parents and alumni. (While the official deadline to submit comments is November 30, we want to ensure
that the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget have sufficient time to
review and consider all comments before the Thanksgiving holiday.)
We know that many of you have shared your concerns with COE, but it is vital that you file official
comments as well; otherwise, these concerns will not be considered. It is also critical that you send a copy
of your letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators and their legislative aides.
To see the application in the Federal Register, please go to: