$114.7 Million Awarded for 121 Grants to Improve Teaching of American History
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced the award of $114.7 million for 121 new grants to improve the quality of American history education. The grants are being awarded to school districts in 40 states nationwide.
The Teaching American History grant program offers educators opportunities to work with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, libraries, or museums to learn more about our countrys history, culture, and democratic tradition, said Secretary Spellings. By providing professional development for teachers, we can help them support young people in becoming active, informed citizens.
The Teaching American History grant program is designed to improve student achievement by enhancing teachers knowledge of traditional American history through intensive ongoing professional development in both content and research-based teaching strategies. Grants fund projects for up to five years, and grantees must partner with one or more organizations that have extensive knowledge of American history, including libraries, museums, nonprofit history or humanities organizations and higher education institutions.
History is one of the core academic subjects under the No Child Left Behind Act. The most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is commonly known as the Nations Report Card, shows some overall improvement in history performance at all three grade levels, however, less than one-quarter of Americas students in grades 4, 8, and 12 are performing at the highest, or proficient, level in American history.
More information about the Teaching American History Grant program is available at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.
Note to editors: A list of grantees follows.
AK ANCHORAGE Anchorage School District, $994,326.
AL AUBURN Auburn City School District, $499,996.
AL BIRMINGHAM Birmingham City Board of Education, $970,278.
AL HUNTSVILLE Madison County Board of Education, $995,499.
AZ MESA Mesa Unified School District #4, $999,880.
CA BAKERSFIELD Kern County Superintendent of Schools, $994,863.
CA BORREGO SPRINGS Borrego Springs Unified School District, $967,456.
CA CLOVIS Clovis Unified School District, $1.98 million.
CA EL CENTRO Imperial County Office of Education, $995,204.
CA FAIRFIELD Solano County Office of Education, $1 million.
CA LYNWOOD Lynwood Unified School District, $995,534.
CA MOORPARK Moorpark Unified School District, $938,804.
CA OAKLAND Oakland Unified School District, $983,538.
CA ORANGE Orange Unified School District, $984,045.
CA PASADENA Pasadena Unified School District, $999,051.
CA PETALUMA Petaluma City Schools District, $999,761.
CA RIVERSIDE Riverside Unified School District, $999,945.
CA SAN BERNARDINO San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, $2 million.
CO CASTLE ROCK Douglas County School District, $997,162.
CO PUEBLO Pueblo School District No. 60, $999,934.
CT HARTFORD Capitol Region Education Council, $999,999.
CT NORTH HAVEN Area Cooperative Educational Services, $999,869.
DE CAMDEN WYOMING Caesar Rodney School District, $988,196.
FL BRADENTON School District of Manatee County, $993,594.
FL CHIPLEY Panhandle Area Educational Consortium/WCSB, $999,994.
FL FORT LAUDERDALE School Board of Broward County, $999,686.
FL ORLANDO School Board of Orange County, $999,968.
GA ATLANTA Fulton County Schools, $999,953.
IA CEDAR RAPIDS Cedar Rapids Community School District, $679,871.
ID REXBURG Madison School District 321, $499,996.
IL ELGIN School District U-46, $985,448.
IL MACOMB Hancock-McDonough Regional Office of Education, $918,676.
IL PALATINE Township High School District 211, $991,860.
IL PARK RIDGE Maine Township High School District 207, $999,152.
IL ROCKFORD Rockford Public Schools #205, $993,708.
IL URBANA Urbana School District #116, $999,136.
KS ANDOVER Andover Public Schools, $499,949.
KS GARDEN CITY Garden City Public Schools, $413,354.
KY BOWLING GREEN Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, $1 million.
KY LEXINGTON Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative, $999,942.
KY LOUISVILLE Jefferson County Public Schools, $795,400.
KY STANTON Powell County Board of Education, $998,716.
LA LAFAYETTE Lafayette Parish School System, $999,975.
LA NEW ORLEANS Algiers Charter Schools Association, $499,648.
MA DEDHAM The Education Cooperative, $999,525.
MA HINGHAM South Shore Educational Collaborative, $996,091.
MA NEWTON Newton Public Schools, $1 million.
MA NORTHAMPTON Hampshire Educational Collaborative, $999,988.
MA SOUTHBRIDGE Southbridge School District, $896,779.
MA SPRINGFIELD Springfield Public Schools, $999,920.
MD ANNAPOLIS Anne Arundel County Public Schools, $997,869.
ME OXFORD Maine School Administrative District #17, $973,529.
MI IONIA Ionia County Intermediate School District, $999,828.
MI MUSKEGON Muskegon Area Intermediate School, $999,999.
MN FERGUS FALLS Lakes Country Service Cooperative, $999,972.
MN REMER Itasca Area Schools Collaborative, $500,000.
MN THIEF RIVER FALLS Northwest Service Cooperative #928, $1 million.
MO BLUE SPRINGS Blue Springs R-IV School District, $979,621.
MO CARL JUNCTION Carl Junction R-I School District, $975,119.
MO EUREKA Rockwood School District R-6, $971,952.
MS JACKSON Jackson Public School District, $975,052.
MS MENDENHALL Simpson County School District, $999,068.
NC GREENSBORO Guilford County Schools, $919,762.
NC SHELBY Cleveland County Schools, $999,843.
NE LINCOLN Lincoln Public Schools, $999,980.
NJ ASBURY PARK Asbury Park School District, $477,970.
NJ FRENCHTOWN Delaware Valley Regional High School District, $496,431.
NJ LAKEWOOD Lakewood Public School District, $909,996.
NJ PISCATAWAY Piscataway Board of Education, $879,897.
NJ RICHLAND Buena Regional School District, $499,998.
NJ TRENTON Trenton Board of Education, $999,762.
NM FARMINGTON Farmington Municipal Schools, $1 million.
NY BROOKLYN Community School District 22, $957,242.
NY BUFFALO Buffalo Board of Education, $1 million.
NY FLUSHING NYC Dept. of Education, Community Sch. Dist. 28, Region 3, $999,911.
NY NEW YORK NYC Department of Education, $1.9 million.
NY NEW YORK NYC Department of Education, Community School District 2, $981,906.
NY ROCHESTER Rochester City School District, $904,745.
NY SMITHTOWN Smithtown Central School District, $958,919.
NY THE BRONX NYC Dept. of Education, Community Sch. Districts 8, 11 and 12, $999,906.
OH CINCINNATI Princeton Board of Education, $999,993.
OH CLEVELAND Cleveland Metropolitan School District, $999,998.
OH COLUMBUS Columbus City Schools, $999,882.
OH CUYAHOGA FALLS Summit County Educational Service Center, $1 million.
OH NEW LEXINGTON Perry Hocking Education Service Center, $999,916.
OH PAULDING Western Buckeye Educational Service Center, $999,997.
OH VALLEY VIEW Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, $995,933.
OH XENIA Xenia Community Schools, $996,904.
OK CRESCENT Crescent Public School, $499,371.
OK HOMINY Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, $499,194.
OK STONEWALL Stonewall School District 30, $999,351.
OK TULSA Tulsa County Independent School District No. 1, $979,536.
OR BEAVERTON Beaverton School District 48J, $999,382.
PA NORRISTOWN MCIU and MCIU Education Foundation, $988,500.
SC CONWAY Horry County Schools, $978,300.
SC IRMO School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, $955,101.
SC ORANGEBURG Orangeburg Consolidated School District, $980,465.
SC WILLIAMSTON Anderson School District One, $989,550.
SD PLATTE Mid Central Educational Cooperative, $999,236.
TN PIKEVILLE Bledsoe County Schools, $997,625.
TX ABILENE Region 14 Education Service Center, $998,689.
TX FORT WORTH Fort Worth Independent School District, $1 million.
TX HOUSTON Houston Independent School District, $1.35 million.
TX LA JOYA La Joya Independent School District, $1 million.
TX LEAGUE CITY Clear Creek Independent School District, $993,998.
TX PASADENA Pasadena Independent School District, $949,434.
TX SAN ANTONIO San Antonio Independent School District, $999,837.
TX WACO Education Service Center Region 12, $1 million.
UT AMERICAN FORK Alpine School District, $993,991.
UT FARMINGTON Davis School District, $999,650.
UT ST. GEORGE Washington County School District, $999,338.
VA HAMPTON Hampton City Schools, $990,107.
VA MANASSAS Prince William County Schools, $856,541.
VA NORTON Norton City Public Schools, $992,501.
VA WAYNESBORO Waynesboro Public Schools, $455,145.
VI ST. THOMAS Virgin Islands Department of Education, $500,000.
WA THORP Thorp School District, $1 million.
WA VANCOUVER Educational Service District 112, $949,633.
WI MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Public Schools, $1 million.
WI PORTAGE Cooperative Educational Service Agency, $934,966.
WY JACKSON Teton County School District 1, $805,804.
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