Extra funding available in the US to support literacy projects
Thursday, 4 October 2012
The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced the award of $28 million for 46 first-time grants that aim to improve literacy skills for students in high-need districts and schools. Funded for the first time under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, grants are designed to increase student achievement by promoting early literacy for young children and by motivating older children to read. "Literacy is the key to higher learning and a window to the world," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
"These grants will develop programs that help students cultivate skills that will boost achievement, carry them through adulthood and prepare them for success in our global economy." Grantees are located in 21 states and the District of Columbia and are comprised of school districts with at least 25 percent of students from families below the poverty line, nonprofit organizations, and a consortium of these organizations and agencies. In addition to the high-quality literacy activities they will carry out, grantees also will distribute free books to children and their families, efforts which must be based on at least one study that meets the definition of scientifically valid research. Read more.