April 1, 2009
Sen. Gresham pleased grants will be available for 21st
century community learning centers
Urges local schools
and agencies to apply
(NASHVILLE, TN), April 1, 2009 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) said she is pleased that new federal funds will be coming into the state under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program of the No Child Left Behind Act. The learning centers help students meet the challenging academic standards put into place as a result of the federal law.
“These grants are essential to help students, that might otherwise fall behind, reach the academic goals set by the federal act,” said Senator Gresham. “I am very pleased that this money will be available to schools and organizations that provide education enrichment across the state.”
Local education agencies can apply for the almost $7 million in competitive grants from the Department of Education. Community-based and faith-based organizations and other public or private organizations can also apply; however, they must collaborate with the school of the students to be served. Grant amounts will range from $50,000 to $750,000 per year. A competitive priority will be given to projects that propose to serve students attending schools that have been identified for improvement by the Tennessee
Department of Education.
“We must continue to provide academic enrichment and support services for students who need that extra push to achieve these goals,” added Gresham. “After school and other enrichment programs have been highly successful in keeping these students from falling behind. I urge all local education agencies and enrichment programs to apply.”
The application deadline for application for the grants is May. Senator Gresham represents Senate District 26 which is comprised of Crockett, Haywood, Fayette, Hardeman, Chester, McNairy, Hardin, and Wayne Counties.