Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grants Awarded for School Turnaround AmeriCorps Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the first round of grants for the School Turnaround AmeriCorps program.

Launched in February, the School Turnaround AmeriCorps program places AmeriCorps members in persistently underachieving schools throughout the U.S., including those implementing school turnaround interventions required by ED’s School Improvement Grant program or through Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility. AmeriCorps members will support efforts to increase high school graduation rates, improve college and career readiness and provide college advice and enrollment assistance.

Thirteen awardees were selected from 66 applicants and will place members in approximately 70 urban and rural schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The program will award $15 million in federal funds with $15 million in grantee match funding during a three-year cycle.

One of the 13 awardees is LearningWorks of Maine, where AmeriCorps members will serve approximately 1,800 elementary and high school students and over 2,000 community members by providing extended-day learning and tutoring and fostering community and family engagement.

For the full announcement and list of awardees, click here.

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