Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's Next for Promise Neighborhoods

A recent UNCA interview with Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the Department of Education, revealed that a draft notice for Promise Neighborhoods grants will be coming in "weeks, not months." This will give communities the opportunity to comment on the draft. However, the financial support of this program remains unknown as Congress has still not resolved the FY 2011 budget. The government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that has kept funding at FY 2010 levels. This CR is set to expire on March 4 unless further action is taken by Congress. Remember that the President's FY 2011 budget request included $210 million for Promise Neighborhoods, a commitment that was decreased significantly in the House and Senate subcommittees. However, the President's FY 2012 proposal demonstrates a continued commitment to comprehensive, community driven solutions that can improve academic outcomes for kids with a $150 million request for Promise Neighborhoods.

In the next weeks, we will continue sharing information about Promise Neighborhoods and the federal budget.

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