OSPI Awards $4 Million to Projects That Support Student Success
OLYMPIA — October 18, 2017 — More than $4 million in federal grants was awarded to support afterschool and summer learning programs for students in high-poverty, low-performing schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
The grants are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. This year, the following 13 districts and agencies were chosen:
- Washington State University Tri-Cities
- Educational Service District 123
- Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
- Burlington-Edison School District
- ESD 113
- ESD 121
- Wenatchee School District
- Walla Walla School District
- Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County
- Northwest Learning and Achievement Group
- Orondo School District
- White Salmon Valley School District
- Taholah School District
In addition to support for core academic subjects, 21st Century Community Learning Centers also provide students with a variety of other activities, such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs.
“Too many children don’t get enough educational opportunities outside class,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These grants give those students the chance to keep learning after the bell rings and after the school year ends. That will help them keep pace with students who have more educational opportunities.”
The total amount awarded was $4.4 million a year for five years.
OSPI received 22 applications, with a total requested funding amount of $7.4 million. Funding comes from Title IV, Part B of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Nationwide, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program has an appropriation of $1.2 billion for the 2017-18 school year. The money provides out of school time academic enrichment opportunities to students in 54 states and territories. Washington currently has 51 projects totaling $17.3 million. Grants are funded for five years.
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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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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