THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES $67 MILLION FOR AFTER-SCHOOL GRANTS Also Announces New $185 Million Competition for 2000
Washington, DC -- Vice President Al Gore today announced the award of nearly $67 million in new grants to 125 communities throughout the nation to provide high-quality community learning centers in 517 schools. The school-based centers will provide enriched learning opportunities to children outside of the regular school hours and during summer in a community school setting.
"There is nothing more important than ensuring our children are safe and receive a high-quality education," said Vice President Al Gore. "These funds will help keep kids off the streets, out of trouble and give many the extra help they need to realize their full potential."
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program allows schools to stay open longer to provide learning opportunities for children and adults and offers youth tutoring and homework help; academic enrichment; college prep activities; enrichment including chorus, band, drama and the arts; technology education; drug and violence prevention counseling; supervised recreational opportunities; and services for youth with disabilities.
The vice president also announced a new competition for approximately $185 million, also funded with FY 2000 funds, expected to support up to 2,000 new community learning centers in nearly 500 communities in the next school year. In addition, about $200 million will fund schools already participating in the program. The deadline for school districts to apply for the new grants is March 20, 2000.
About 1,600 rural and inner-city public schools in 468 communities - in collaboration with other public and non-profit agencies, organizations, local businesses, postsecondary institutions, scientific/cultural and other community entities - currently participate.
"Our children need safe places to go before and after school to get extra educational help and take part in enriching learning activities," said U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. "These programs will offer the kinds safe and supervised activities that children and families want and need: tutoring, homework help, and engaging opportunities with the arts and technology. Surveys show that the demand for after-school programs is tremendous - these new projects will expand those opportunities to more young people."
The Education Department received more than 2,000 applications, requesting a total of nearly $900 million, under the FY 1999 competition. A number of high-quality grant applications were not funded, and the grants awarded today are being funded out of $454 million in new FY 2000 Congressional appropriations.
A C.S. Mott Foundation and JC Penney survey conducted this summer revealed that 92 percent of Americans believe that there should be some type of organized activity or after-school program for children and teens every day. Nearly nine of ten adults said it was personally important to them to make sure that after-school programs happen in their community. The most popular benefit of after-school programs, identified by 95 percent of those surveyed, was to help working families. Studies by the FBI and youth-advocacy groups have found that the peak hours for juvenile crime and victimization are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- hours when youth are most often without supervision. The poll showed that adults want to see after-school programs provide children with a safe environment; teach children respect for people different from themselves; provide structured adult supervision, tutoring and homework help, and teach ways to resolve conflict with other young people.
During the new competition for $185 million, the department seeks participation of school districts, collaborating with community-based organizations, to plan and provide services in communities with conditions associated with high dropout rates, such as high poverty, weak economic and community infrastructures, large or growing numbers of limited English proficient students and adults, and low levels of parental education. As in the past, the department and the C.S. Mott Foundation will host a series of regional workshops to assist applicants to plan their programs. This year, there will be at least one workshop in every state sponsored by the National Community Education Association, the National Center for Community Education and the National Association for Bilingual Education. Call 1-800-USA-LEARN for more information.
The 125 school-community partnerships receiving new grants are located in 38 states and Puerto Rico. The average grant award is nearly $500,000 and supports four centers. New grantees, like their earlier counterparts, will receive training funded by the Mott Foundation, which is providing $83 million over six years to support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs and its grantees, and other after-school activities.
The program is authorized under Title X, Part I, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Additional information, including the grant application package and supporting materials, can be obtained via the Internet at http://www.ed.gov/21stcclc/, by telephone (1-800-USA-LEARN), or by e-mail (21stCCLC@ed.gov).
NOTE TO EDITORS: A list of grantees and program contacts is attached. Descriptions of each project are also available on the department's Web site as described above.
Applicant Legal Name City State # of Est. First Centers Yr. $ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ALASKA (3) Anchorage School District Anchorage AK 5 $685,585 Galena City School District Galena AK 3 $301,687 Juneau School District Juneau AK 2 $369,724 ARIZONA (3) Chinle Unified School District Chinle AZ 4 $807,877 Globe, Miami & Hayden Unified Globe AZ 3 $577,564 School Districts Maricopa County Regional Schools Phoenix AZ 3 $587,197 CALIFORNIA (17) Greenfield Union School District Bakersfield CA 9 $996,543 Mt. Diablo Unified School Bay Point CA 6 $818,843 District Calexico Unified School District Calexico CA 2 $383,016 ABC Unified School District Cerritos CA 4 $161,850 Chualur Union Elementary School Chaular CA 1 $818,843 District Sweetwater Union High School Chula Vista CA 3 $397,465 District Coalinga-Huron Unified School Coalinga CA 4 $360,000 District West Fresno Elementary School Fresno CA 2 $230,447 District Mono County Office of Education Mammoth CA 7 $186,533 Lakes Garfield Charter School Menlo Park CA 1 $145,425 Oakland Unified School District Oakland CA 2 $268,517 Oakland Unified School District Oakland CA 3 $375,000 Mountain Empire Unified School Pine Valley CA 6 $1,182,492 District Alta Vista Elementary School Porterville CA 1 $180,450 District Jurupa Unified School District Riverside CA 3 $362,842 Salida Union School District Salida CA 1 $144,037 Coachella Valley Unified School Thermal CA 3 $375,000
Trinidad Public Schools, Trinidad Trinidad CO 7 $411,580
Bridgeport Board of Education Bridgeport CT 17 $1,556,441 Danbury Board of Education Danbury CT 3 $353,983 New Haven Public Schools New Haven CT 4 $526,842 FLORIDA (2) Seminole County Public Schools Sanford FL 3 $184,950 Hillsborough County Public Tampa FL 5 $1,216,872
Dekalb County School System Decatur GA 20 $2,820,965
Hawaii State Department of Naalehu HI 1 $212,118 Education
School District U-46 Elgin IL 2 $121,120 Lowpoint-Washburn CUSD No. 21 Washburn IL 1 $200,000 INDIANA (1) Crawford County Community School English IN 6 $1,036,819
Unified School District #333 Concordia KS 3 $463,849 Great Bend Unified School Great Bend KS 3 $291,590 District 428 Leavenworth Unified School Leavenworth KS 8 $454,300 District #453 Bluemont Elementary School Manhattan KS 1 $129,252 Unified School District #373 Newton KS 6 $293,705 USD 378 Riley County, Kansas Riley KS 6 $723,094 KENTUCKY (5) Corbin Independent Schools Corbin KY 3 $365,000 Dayton Independent Schools Dayton KY 2 $190,434 Henderson County Board of Henderson KY 2 $389,519 Education Rockcastle County Middle School Mt. Vernon KY 1 $197,863 Owensboro Public Schools Owensboro KY 5 $627,451 LOUISIANA (1) Terrebonne Parish School Board Houma LA 3 $297,045 MAINE (2) Maine State Adminstrative Machias ME 10 $999,488 District #77 Portland Public Schools Portland ME 5 $741,098 MASSACHUSETTS (4) Boston Public Schools Boston MA 6 $780,686 Harwich Public Schools Harwich MA 3 $300,000 North River Collaborative Rockland MA 9 $1,420,565 Tauton Public Schools Taunton MA 3 $699,533 MICHIGAN (3) Charles R. Drew Middle School Detroit MI 3 $557,375 Holland-West Ottawa Holland MI 3 $375,305
School District of the City of Saginaw MI 2 $351,110 Saginaw
ISD #91 Barnum MN 2 $151,503 Minneapolis Public Schools Minneapolis MN 3 $435,184 St. Louis Park Public Schools ISD St. Louis MN 1 $132,483 #283 Park MISSISSIPPI (5) South Panola School District Batesville MS 2 $392,826 Benoit School District Benoit MS 1 $152,106 Jackson Public School District Jackson MS 3 $751,811 Tate County School District Senatobia MS 3 $358,494 Clay County School District West Point MS 1 $135,618 MISSOURI (1) Richmond R-XVI School District Richmond MO 4 $261,125 MONTANA (1) Butte Elementary School District Butte MT 8 $470,125
Omaha Public School District Omaha NE 1 $160,900
NEW JERSEY (2)
Passaic Public Schools Passaic NJ 5 $977,055 Pinelands Regional School Tuckerton NJ 2 $250,000
NEW MEXICO (3)
Socorro Consolidated Schools Socorro NM 6 $199,723 Wingate High School Wingate NM 2 $179,364 Zuni Public School District Zuni NM 5 $586,103 NEW YORK (7) Broome-Tioga BOCES Binghamton NY 4 $583,865 New York City Public School 92 Bronx NY 1 $199,468 Community School District 22 Brooklyn NY 1 $145,064 Hamilton-Fullton-Montgomery Board Johnstown NY 5 $425,725
of Cooperative Educational
Long Beach City School District Lido Beach NY 1 $155,723 Syracuse City School District Syracuse NY 4 $1,056,811 Utica City School District Utica NY 2 $374,420 NORTH CAROLINA (2) Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Chapel Hill NC 3 $299,372 Durham Public Schools Durham NC 5 $889,217 NORTH DAKOTA (1) Minot Public Schools Minot ND 4 $469,650 OHIO (2) East Cleveland City Schools East OH 1 $199,040 Cleveland Warren City School District Warren OH 3 $150,024 OKLAHOMA (10) Colcord Public School Colcord OK 1 $234,020 Mosely Public School Colcord OK 1 $198,251 Osage County Interlocal Hominy OK 2 $327,015 Cooperative Hugo City Schools Hugo OK 2 $67,424 McCurtain County Educational Idabel OK 6 $400,366 Co-op Locust Grove Independent School Locust Grove OK 1 $196,751 District Morrison School District Morrison OK 4 $464,874 Consortium Pocola Public Schools Pocola OK 2 $252,900 Maryetta School District Stilwell OK 1 $132,443 Tenkiller School, C066 Welling OK 1 $198,092
South Lane School District 45J3 Cottage OR 9 $144,148 Grove Newburg School District 29Jt Newburg OR 3 $275,446 School District No. 1 Portland OR 4 $688,334 Salem-Keizer School District Salem OR 4 $633,901 PENNSYLVANIA (3) The Chester Upland School Chester PA 6 $1,013,669 District The William Penn School District Lansdowne PA 4 $678,735 Alliance for Progress Charter Philadelphia PA 1 $250,000
PUERTO RICO (1)
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico San Juan PR 3 $490,172
RHODE ISLAND (2)
Pawtucket School Department Pawtucket RI 3 $408,022 Woonsocket Education Department Woonsocket RI 3 $360,007 SOUTH CAROLINA (4) Richland County School District Columbia SC 5 $796,849 #1 Spartanburg School District Three Glendale SC 7 $884,970 Williamsburg County School Kingstree SC 9 $1,209,730 District Lancaster County School District Lancaster SC 6 $885,420 SOUTH DAKOTA (1) Shannon County School District Batesland SD 3 $396,608
Murfreesboro City School System Murfreesboro TN 3 $723,901
Pegasus Charter School Dallas TX 4 $1,529,345 Harris County Department of Houston TX 21 $2,131,605 Education Sanchez Charter High School Houston TX 3 $122,958 Weatherford Independent School Weatherford TX 2 $265,254
Blaine School District #503 Blaine WA 2 $282,807 Northshore School District Bothell WA 10 $254,200 Central Valley School District Greenacres WA 5 $656,208 La Conner School District #311 La Conner WA 32 $6,812,500 Orondo School District Orondo WA 1 $113,668 Educational Service District 101 Spokane WA 5 $242,616 Tonasket School District Tonasket WA 4 $155,920 WEST VIRGINIA (2) Morgan County Board of Education Lumberport WV 2 $278,776 Monroe County Schools Union WV 3 $497,380 WISCONSIN (3) Unified School District of Antigo Antigo WI 3 $572,059 Cooperative Educational Service Madison WI 8 $517,075 Agency #2 The School District of Omro Omro WI 1 $159,922