How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?

Originally published June 17, 2018 in Education Week.

By Andrew Ujifusa

Many districts are about to get a big boost in funding for the most flexible piece of the Every Student Succeeds Act: the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the law. The program just got a big, $700 million boost from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, bringing its total funding to $1.1 billion. And it could get even more money next year, because the House appropriations subcommittee in control of federal education spending is seeking $1.2 billion for the program in new legislation. Read More

Public schools in EBR, others targeted for improved student nutrition

Originally published June 18, 2018 in The Advocate.

By Will Sentell

East Baton Rouge public schools will be among the targeted recipients for a $350,000 annual federal grant to improve student nutrition, physical activity and how to manage chronic health problems, state officials announced Monday afternoon.

EBR schools are among six districts statewide that will be prioritized by the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health. Read More


Wayzata Education Fund announces 2018 grant recipients

More than $43,000 will be used to fund new programs throughout the district

Originally published May 24, 2018 in the Sun Sailor.

By Jason Jenkins

Ten programs and learning tools throughout the Wayzata School District will be funded next year by grants from the Wayzata Education Fund, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that encourages teachers and staff members to imagine new ways to engage students.

The “From Excellent to Exceptional” grants are awarded each year and are meant to support innovation in a wide range of curricular areas to students at every school in the district.

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Sage Canyon raises $91,972 for education foundation with jog-a-thon

Originally published April 4, 2018 in the Del Mar Times.

Karen Billing

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation is on the home stretch for its fundraising year, making great strides due to some very successful school jog-a-thons. Sage Canyon Elementary School, in particular, raised more money than ever with this year’s jog-a-thon, bringing in $91,972.

“We started the year with Carmel Del Mar having the highest family participation rate we’ve had in the past with an 81 percent participation rate,” said Susan Polizzotto, president of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) of some of this year’s fundraising highlights. “But we are far from our goal of $1.9 million. We need at least $1.7 million to help the district keep the same level of STEAM+ specialists they had this year.”

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