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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

MSDE Awards More than $43 Million to Local Systems to Strengthen Literacy

Funding Via a Three-Year Competitive Federal Grant

BALTIMORE (July 30, 2018) – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $43.3 million in grants to local school systems to help advance literacy among students from birth to grade 12.

All 24 Maryland school systems received funding, with grants ranging from $1 million to $2.8 million across the three-year grant cycle. 

"Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education, regardless of the neighborhood they happen to grow up in," said Governor Larry Hogan. "These grants will help provide the vital and necessary literacy skills that lead to greater success in the classroom and in the workforce."

Funds for the program came through the three-year $45 million federal Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Grant, awarded to MSDE last year.  It was the largest competitive grant awarded to MSDE in nearly three years.

“Better literacy programs will provide a stronger foundation for all learning throughout Maryland,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. “This important program will enhance learning at the local level and provide stronger professional development in all corners of the State.”

Funding amounts were determined by peer reviewers using priority areas developed by the US Department of Education. Reviewers looked at each application for adherence to federal grant guidelines and placed emphasis on disadvantaged students; use of strong and moderate evidence; alignment of birth to grade 5; partnerships with nonprofit providers of early childhood education; and use of strategic professional learning.

The following three-year grants to school systems are being distributed:

Allegany - $1.7 million
Anne Arundel - $1.4 million
Baltimore City - $2.8 million
Baltimore County - $1.75 million
Calvert - $1.7 million
Caroline - $1.7 million
Carroll - $1.51 million
Cecil - $2 million
Charles - $2.78 million
Dorchester - $1.72 million
Frederick - $2.8 million
Garrett - $1 million
Harford - $1.31 million
Howard - $2 million
Kent - $1.2 million
Montgomery - $2 million
Prince George’s - $2 million
Queen Anne’s - $1 million
Somerset - $2.8 million
St. Mary’s - $1.6 million
Talbot - $1.78 million
Washington - $2 million
Wicomico - $1.7 million
Worcester - $1.2 million

The total grant awards topped $43.25 million, more than 95 percent of the federal grant was received by MSDE last year.


Anonymous said...

I thought one of the main reasons we have a public school system was to have a literate population. Obviously the system is a failure.

Anonymous said...

Nice to have an extra $43M to spread around!

Anonymous said...

What a waste of money and time. We have been trying to educate poor people for over 100 years, and they are still coming out stupid illiterates. It is time to face the facts, there are some in the human species that are very dumb and can't be taught. When they become adults, most, if not all of them, become Democrats.

Anonymous said...

Your democrat politicians will find some way to divert that money to their direct benefit. Everyone knows that democrat politicians do not want high literacy rates among their constituents because if they could read and think for themselves, they would not be democrat voters.
Democrats would then have to resort to more intensive voter fraud techniques and import more ignorant and unskilled third world illegal aliens. Please wake up folks and stop being so complacent. Get involved and help take this country back from those who wish to destroy us and our culture.

Anonymous said...

They'll just piss it away with already failed programs. Mostly it'll be a minority job fund that will not be subject to before and after success assessments.
Regardless of how the money is spent, the Dems will counter with, "If only one child is helped, it'll be worth it."

Anonymous said...

Where do we sign up for the mostly free money?