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Nine School Districts Receive Striving Reader Literacy Grants

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February 24, 2012 -- The State Board of Education last week approved State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge's recommendation to award nine school districts, representing 63 schools and centers, a Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to these school districts for receiving a Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy Grant," said Superintendent Barge. "These grants will provide funding necessary for schools to build literacy plans for their students. Research is clear that students who are reading on grade level, especially after 3rd grade, will be more likely to graduate from high school and be prepared for college and careers.

The following districts submitted literacy plans and were granted a portion of the $24,752,919.00 in Federal funds: Fulton County, Clarke County, Bartow County, Jeff Davis County, Morgan County, Jefferson County, Rome City, Brantley County, and Cartersville City.

Grant funds will allow schools to develop literacy plans to better implement the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, assist schools in leveraging print and technology resources for student instruction and engagement, provide teachers with professional learning based on individual needs, foster implementation of research-based models of instruction, and provide useful student assessments.

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