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Governor announces $23.1 million in funding for at-risk students

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Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today announced that $23.1 million in funding has been awarded to 64 school districts and community-based organizations in 29 counties across the state.  This funding will support educational resources in local communities to increase student academic achievement – a cornerstone of what the Governor believes will ensure students are prepared for postsecondary success.

 

Through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, the organizations will use these funds to establish or expand community learning centers to provide students, who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools, with additional high-quality academic opportunities.

 

“These grants will provide educational opportunities that are focused on complementing, supplementing and enhancing the work being done in the classroom by teachers and students,” Gov. Corbett said.  “We know that at-risk students need additional educational resources to be academically successful and this funding will support these efforts.”

 

As a requirement of the grant, awardees must offer students a variety of enrichment opportunities that they might not receive at school or at home.  Grantees are permitted to provide cultural, social or artistic activities to students, and services to their families.

 

The 64 grantees represent eight geographical areas of Pennsylvania and include 14 community-based organizations, 21 school districts, 12 charter schools, five intermediate units, three faith-based organizations, six nationally affiliated service organizations, and three institutions of higher education.

 

A total of 117 grant applications were received by the Department of Education.

 

Out of concern for at-risk students who are considering dropping out of school, in 2011, First Lady Susan Corbett launched the Opening Doors initiative, which focuses on increasing the state’s graduation rate – 86 percent as of the 2012-13 school year – and opening the doors of educational opportunity to Pennsylvania students.

 

Under Mrs. Corbett’s leadership, the Department of Education created an Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog that will help identify at-risk students and match them with school- and community-based resources to address issues that are causing them to disengage from the learning process.

 

After piloting the Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog in the 2013-14 school year, Mrs. Corbett recently announced that 35 schools across the state are implementing the system this year.

 

Research shows that students who are at risk of prematurely ending their education exhibit the ABC’s of dropping out: attendance, behavior and course performance.

 

Students who do not graduate face personal economic hardship and impose a significant cost on their communities and society.  A high school dropout will earn $1 million less than a college graduate throughout their lifetime and can cost the public sector more than $200,000 per year through the corrections system and the use of public assistance.

 

Without intervention, students who demonstrate one or more of the drop-out indicators have a 20 percent chance of graduating on time.  If these students are identified and matched with appropriate interventions, their odds of graduating increase tremendously.

 

“It is important for all of us to focus on early identification of students who exhibit signs of disengaging from school and connecting them to interventions that will keep them on track to graduate,” Mrs. Corbett said.  “The Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers grant program and the Early Warning System and Intervention Catalog provide schools with the resources to keep students in school and engaged in learning.  Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all Pennsylvania students earn a high school diploma and graduate college-and career-ready.”

 

More information about the First Lady’s Opening Doors initiative can be obtained by visiting www.pa.gov/firstlady.

 

For details about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.state.pa.us and enter “21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant” in the “PDE Search” function.

 

Media contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802

 

Editor’s Note: Below is the list of grant recipients and three-year award amount:

 

Adams County

 

Lincoln Intermediate Unit # 12, $400,000

 

Allegheny County

 

Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, $194,099

McKeesport Area School District, $375,000

Penn Hills School District, $300,000

Pittsburgh School District, $399,635

The Consortium for Public Education, $398,308

Youth Places, $400,000

 

Bedford County

 

Bedford Area School District, $400,000

Everett School District, $400,000

 

Berks County

 

Reading School District, $400,000

 

Bradford County

 

YMCA Twin Tiers Bradford, $386,429

 

Bucks County

 

Lower Bucks Family YMCA, $400,000

 

Cambria County

 

Mount Union School District, $379,194

Respective Solutions Group Inc., $400,000

 

Carbon County

 

Lehigh Carbon Community College, $400,000 (also serves Lehigh County)

 

Chester County

 

Chester County Intermediate Unit # 24, Chester County, $300,000

 

Columbia County

 

Berwick Area School District, Columbia County, $132,000

 

Dauphin County

 

Harrisburg City School District, Dauphin County, $400,000

RSVP of the Capitol Region, $210,000 (also serves Perry County)

 

Delaware County

 

Chester Community Charter School, Delaware County, $400,000

Southeast Delco School District, Delaware County, $327,136

 

Erie County

 

Erie School District, Erie County, $400,000

Mercyhurst University, Erie County, $399,000

 

Indiana County

 

United School District, $400,000

 

Lackawanna County

 

Northeastern Intermediate Unit # 19, $397,050 (also serves Susquehanna County)

 

Lancaster County

 

La Academia Charter School, $262,500

Lancaster School District, $400,000

 

Lawrence County

 

New Castle Area School District, $390,000

 

Lebanon County

 

Lebanon School District, $400,000

 

Lehigh County

 

Allentown City School District, $399,000

Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School, $225,000

Roberto Clemente Charter School, $400,000

 

Montgomery County

 

Norristown Area School District, $399,000

Pottstown School District, $400,000

 

Northumberland County

 

Shikellamy School District, $399,673

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit # 16, $400,000 (also serves Union County)

 

Philadelphia County

 

After School All Starts Philadelphia, $325,550

Boys Latin Club of Philadelphia, $400,000

Church of St. Andrew and St. Monica, $399,100

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, $400,000

Drexel University, $305,775

Education Works, $400,000

Episcopal Community Services, $195,000

Foundations, $400,000

Freire Charter School, $400,000

Independence Charter School, $210,000

Lutheran Children and Family Services, $306,338

Maritime Academy Charter School, $400,000

Netter Center for Community Partnerships, $399,672

Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association of Philadelphia, $52,499

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, $400,000

Philadelphia Electrical and Technical Charter School, $400,000

Public Health Management Corp., $400,000

Sunrise of Philadelphia, $360,000

The Salvation Army, $386,004

To Our Children’s Future with Health, $360,000

Truebright Science Academy Charter School, $400,000

Universal Daroff Charter School, $400,000

Young Scholars Frederick Douglas Charter School, $381,400

 

Schuylkill County

 

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29, $399,958

 

Venango County

 

Titusville YMCA, $400,000

 

Warren County

 

Warren County School District, $399,000

 

Westmoreland County

 

Jeanette City School District, $400,000

Private Industry Council, $389,630 (also service Fayette County)