Enhancement for At-Risk Students (EARS)

Group of Diverse Students StudyingOverview

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) appropriates funding annually for an intervention program intended to serve students at-risk of academic failure.

Title 53F-2-410: Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program
Utah State Legislature

The term at-risk is used to describe students who are considered to have a higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of school. These students may not have been successful with core instruction in the regular class setting. The term may also be applied to students who face circumstances that could jeopardize their ability to complete school, such as homelessness, incarceration, teenage pregnancy, serious health issues, domestic violence, transiency (as in the case of migrant-worker families), low test scores, disciplinary problems, grade retentions, or other factors that could adversely affect their educational performance.

R277-708: Enhancement for At-Risk Students
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

The funding is based on an established formula using the following criteria:

  • Low performance on statewide assessment
  • Poverty
  • Mobility
  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Homelessness

The funding is distributed to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) through an application process annually due November 1. Once approved, LEAs will receive a monthly distribution.

Enhancement for At-Risk Students (EARS)

Information coming soon.

Gang Prevention

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) appropriated 1.2 million dollars from the appropriation for Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program for a gang prevention and intervention program designed to help students at-risk for gang involvement stay in school.

Title 53F-2-410: Enhancement for At-Risk Students Program
Utah State Legislature

Gang Prevention and Intervention Program means specifically designed projects and activities to help at-risk students stay in school and enhance their cultural and social competence, self-management skills, citizenship, preparation for life skills, academic achievement, literacy, and interpersonal relationship skills required for school completion and full participation in society.

R277-436: Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs in the Schools
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

The 1.2 million dollars was distributed to school districts and charter schools through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) grant process. School districts and charter schools that were interested in applying attended a gang prevention and intervention bidders conference, submitted a letter of intent, and submitted a grant application including the following:

  • abstract
  • statement of need
  • goals and objectives and evaluation,
  • program operations and activities,
  • and a budget matrix and narrative.

Priority was given to applications reflecting interagency and intra-agency collaboration. The grants awarded, were funded on a three-year grant cycle based on the funds available each year.

R277-436-3(G): Application, Distribution of Funds, and Administrative Support
Utah Office of Administrative Rules


Brian Olmstead
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Rita Brock
Education Specialist
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Merilee Wendell
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