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3, 2018 – Thirty-eight
Georgia school districts have been awarded Literacy for Learning, Living,
and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grants by the Georgia Department of
Education, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today. The goal
of the L4GA initiative is to improve student literacy learning.
was awarded a total of $61,579,800
through the federal Striving Readers grant competition. Ninety-five
percent of funds are sub-granted to 38 districts. These funds are allocated for
students in schools within a feeder system (including birth-age 5 childcare
providers and elementary, middle, and high schools). All awarded districts have
community-school partnerships with local organizations, the Regional Education
Service Agencies, and teacher preparation programs to collectively improve
districts and their community partners were selected through an independent,
competitive sub-grant process; they were chosen based on the strength of their
applications. The Georgia Department of Education awarded funds to effectively
improve outcomes for the largest possible population of Georgia’s students, and
the broader L4GA initiative will provide support (including professional
learning) for all Georgia school districts.
a great day for literacy in Georgia,” State School Superintendent Richard
Woods. “I am confident the $61 million Georgia is now able to invest in local
schools and communities to support literacy will impact the lives of thousands
of students. I commend each L4GA grant recipient – the competition was fierce
as we received an unprecedented number of applications. Making sure Georgia
students are reading on grade level remains mission-critical, top-priority work
for us and I have no doubt these districts – who submitted clear, focused,
student-centered plans to improve literacy outcomes – are going to use these
funds to make a tremendous difference for kids.”
$61,579,800 Georgia received was the highest award received by any state.
Georgia was one of three states to receive the funding a second time after the
initial grant cycle (2011-2016).
gives us a chance to ensure that more students receive high quality
instruction, have access to support services, and are offered a positive
learning climate,” stated Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr.
Caitlin Dooley. “Every child in Georgia deserves these opportunities from the
time they are born through graduation.”