High-needs Neighborhoods Get $4 Million in Federal Grant
OLYMPIA — October 9, 2012 — Twelve community organizations and school districts will receive $4 million a year for five years to give students academic help after and before school.
The money is being awarded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The program, which is funded federally, offers money for academic and enrichment opportunities in high-needs neighborhoods when school isn’t in session.
“This is a great win for a number of communities,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “It gives students in those areas another place to go to get help so they don’t fall behind in school.”
A 21st Century Community Learning Center helps students meet state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment. It also provides students with a broad array of other activities — such as prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education — when school is not in session.
Funding for the grant comes from Title IV, Part B, of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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