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U.S. Department of Education announces awards for Innovative Approaches to Literacy

U.S. Department of Education

Late Friday afternoon, the United States Department of Education announced it will award $28 million in 46 two-year grants to local school districts to be used for school libraries as well as other non-profit organizations that work for childhood literacy.  These grants are being awarded as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).  IAL is a program of redirected money that was championed by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and others in the FY 2012 appropriations bill.  As it is written into the law, a minimum of half of this IAL money must go to school libraries in low-income schools, and the rest of the money must be awarded to national non-profits that work for childhood literacy.

These grants went to awardees in 22 different states, including the District of Columbia.  Below is a list of the recently announced awardees (organized by state, city, awardee name and award amount).

  • Kashunamiut School District, Chevak, AK, $575,924.00
  • Lowndes County Public Schools, Hayneville, AL, $374,249.00
  • North Little Rock School District, N. Little Rock, AR, $473,691.00
  • Corning Union Elementary School District, Corning, CA, $371,387.00
  • Seeley Union School District, Seeley, CA, $407,413.00
  • Raising A Reader National Office, Mountain View , CA, $2,043,450.00
  • Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., Washington, DC, $4,181,555.00
  • Eagle Academy Public Charter School, Washington, DC, $447,650.00
  • Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, DC, $1,942,736.00
  • School Board of Polk County, Florida, Bartow, FL, $398,428.00
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA, $2,036,365.00
  • East Saint Louis School District 189, East St. Louis, IL, $433,448.00
  • Charles A.Tindley Accelerated School, Indianapolis, IN, $249,048.00
  • Corbin Board of Education, Corbin, KY, $164,078.00
  • Todd County Board of Education, Elkton, KY, $206,938.00
  • West Elk School District 282, Murray, KY, $411,565.00
  • Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, MO, $1,702,619.00
  • Board of Education of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, $710,097.00
  • Kansas City School District , Kansas City, MO, $421,137.00
  • McComb School District, McComb, MS, $332,556.00
  • Starkville School District, Starkville, MS, $377,870.00
  • Vicksburg-Warren School District, Vicksburg, MS, $413,734.00
  • Beaufort County Schools, Washington, NC, $416,376.00
  • Bridgeton City School District, Bridgeton, NJ, $352,036.00
  • Camden City Board of Education, Camden, NJ, $246,328.00
  • Addison Central School District, Addison, NY, $362,910.00
  • McGraw Central School District, McGraw , NY, $260,956.00
  • The Books for Kids Foundation, New York, NY, $424,986.00
  • Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland, OH, $580,395.00
  • Maryetta School, Stilwell, OK, $288,367.00
  • Cottonwood Public School, Coalgate, OK, $198,908.00
  • Lane Elementary, Lane, OK, $234,416.00
  • Lincoln County School District, Newport, OR, $446,470.00
  • Karnes City Independent School District, Karnes City, TX, $409,258.00
  • Navasota ISD, Navasota ISD, TX, $353,382.00
  • Education Service Center, Region 2, Corpus Christi, TX, $509,720.00
  • Crockett Independent School District, Crockett, TX, $446,000.00
  • Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX, $468,105.00
  • Chilton Independent School District, Chilton, TX, $372,901.00
  • Region 5 Education Service Center, Beaumont, TX, $316,108.00
  • Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, Nixon, TX, $435,700.00
  • The East Austin College Prep Academy, Austin , TX, $352,234.00
  • Refugio Independent School District, Refugio, TX, $225,448.00
  • The Children’s Reading Foundation, Kennewick, WA, $1,390,015.00
  • Athens School District , Athens, WI, $254,015.00
  • Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI, $473,159.00
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Jeffrey Kratz

Jeffrey Kratz is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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