|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, August 12, 2015|
|Contact:||Jacqueline Reis 781-338-3115|
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $14 Million for Expanded Learning Time in 11 Districts
Malden - Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester today announced $14 million in state-funded, non-competitive grants that will help 11 districts continue to offer expanded learning time to their students. Each recipient has an approved plan and that will add at least 300 hours to the annual schedule for all of the school's students.
The money can be used for additional instruction in math, literacy, science and other core subjects; to offer enrichment opportunities; and to provide educators with more opportunities to plan and participate in professional development.
"We are pleased to offer these grants in support of districts that have been willing to restructure and expand their school days in support of many of our highest-need students," said Governor Charlie Baker. "It is our hope that the effective strategies demonstrated by these schools will become a priority and will be integrated into the normal course of business for more and more districts serving our next generation."
"Like many of our most innovative and successful grant programs, the key to ultimate success will be the extent to which the lessons learned under these grants will change practice within the broader delivery system," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "We look forward to working with districts to identify sustainable and cost-effective ways to bring high-quality expanded learning time practices to scale."
"Too often, our school year is insufficient to provide a strong, high-quality education," Commissioner Chester said. "I am pleased to see schools take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen their programs for both students and teachers."
All 11 districts that reapplied will receive an award as follows:
|Grant Recipient||School||School Allocation||Total Award Amount (approx.)|
|Boston||Boston Arts Academy||$535,539.00||$1,873,722.00|
|Clarence R. Edwards Middle School||$518,183.00|
|Paul A. Dever||$418,400.00|
|Young Achievers Pilot||$401,600.00|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary||$330,993.00|
|Fall River||Carlton M. Viveiros||$807,027.00||$2,721,082.00|
|Matthew J. Kuss||$924,796.00|
|Frank M. Silvia (North End)||$989,259.00|
|Fitchburg||Arthur M. Longsjo||$580,167.00||$580,167.00|
|Greenfield||Greenfield Middle School||$614,878.00||$870,250.00|
|Lawrence||Guilmette Middle School||$409,600.00||$409,600.00|
|Revere||A.C. Whelan Elementary||$855,374.00||$2,184,303.00|
|Salem||Collins Middle School||$475,200.00||$475,200.00|
|Worcester||City View Discovery School||$652,068.00||$1,219,838.00|
|Jacob Hiatt Magnet||$567,770.00|