New GEAR UP Grants to Help More Than 275,000 At-risk Students Prepare for Success in College

October 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education last Friday announced the award of $177.4 million for 66 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help some 275,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

These grants provide the mentoring, support, and financial aid that will give thousands of students a greater opportunity to achieve success in postsecondary education...

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State Taking Applications for Grants Ensuring Homeless Students Have Access to Education

September 22, 2011

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on September 7 that districts have an opportunity to apply for a three-year cycle of grant funds to ensure that homeless students have equal access to public education. In his letter, Torlakson said:

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the opportunity to request funds for fiscal year 2012–13, the first of a three-year grant cycle. The grant award period is from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015, contingent upon federal funds and successful requests for continuation funding by local educational agency (LEA) grantees. These funds are made available to LEAs to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth...

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Competition to Establish, Expand Early Learning Programs

Obama Administration Announces $500 Million for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

May 26, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Joining Duncan and Sebelius at the announcement were business, law enforcement and military leaders who have advocated for increased investments in early learning to reduce crime, strengthen national security, and boost U.S. competitiveness.

“For kids, high quality early learning programs mean they will enter school better prepared with a greater chance of finishing high school and college,” said Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the Administration's Middle Class Task Force...

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California One of Nine Finalist States Eligible for $200 Million to Continue State-Led Reforms under Race to the Top

May 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday that nine finalist states that did not win grants in the first two rounds of Race to the Top (RTT) will be eligible to compete for $200 million in additional funds this year. Applications will be available in the early fall.

The nine states, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina, can seek grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million, depending on state size and the final number of grants. Given that these grants are smaller than the ones originally applied for, states will work with the U.S. Department of Education to update their RTT plans to reflect a more limited scope of work...

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