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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam has awarded more than $7.7 million in grants to support the development and implementation of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 71 schools in 15 school divisions.
“We support the countless students who thrive in extended-year and year-round school programs which provide consistent and structured learning environments for our students,” said Governor Northam.
“These grants support innovative programs to address the ‘summer slide’ that can erase gains made by students in schools following a traditional school calendar,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “Extended and year-round learning are not cure-alls, but research suggests these programs can make a difference.”
“Extended-year and year-round programs can be an effective means of providing equity, especially for students who need additional support,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “That is why I have participated in extended-learning opportunities as a teacher and supported them as a division superintendent.”
The Extended School Year Grant Program was created by the 2013 General Assembly in response to a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission study that found that achievement of historically underperforming students improved faster in extended-year programs than in schools following traditional calendars.
The following start-up grants were awarded to support new and existing year-round or extended-year programs in the following divisions and schools:
Planning grants were awarded to the following divisions to support the development of new year-round or extended-year programs:
The 2018 General Assembly authorized $7,150,000 in start-up grants of up to $300,000 per school — $400,000 for schools previously denied accreditation — for up to two years after the initial implementation of a year-round or extended-year program. The legislature also approved $613,312 for planning grants of up to $50,000 per division. The 2018 Appropriation Act requires that in awarding the planning grants, priority be given to schools based on need, relative to state accreditation ratings.
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