56 Louisiana schools to receive $12 million in grant money


Three school systems in the ark-la-tex will receive some of that money, it will provide help to students who struggle with reading and writing, and help students with disabilities. Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto parishes will be receiving money from the ‘Striving Readers and Comprehensive Literacy Grant’. The grant money will last for three years and will be spread among the schools that need it the most.

Emma Jordan, Bossier parish middle school supervisor says, “Now we can provide professional development, we can provide all the in-service that we need for teachers and also p-d for our students and everyone and our curriculum team so that we can go into the schools and make a difference in the schools.”

This is the first time Bossier Parish school system will be receiving this grant.. $120,000 will be split between five middle schools; Rusheon Middle School, Greenacres Middle School, Elm Grove Middle School, Cope Middle School, and Haughton Middle School. Martha Patten, Bossier parish curriculum coordinator says, “It’s almost like a lottery, it is, because other districts are providing exceptional proposals so we try to as a team effort to make ours to stand out.”

DeSoto parish will split $843,000 between six schools; Mansfield Middle School, Mansfield High School, North DeSoto Middle School, North DeSoto High School, Logansport High School, Stanley High School. Dr. Cade Brumley, DeSoto Parish Superintendent says, “This is the second time, we believe that it shows that we implement the fidelity the first time, that if you give our system money you can expect that we will use correctly to provide the support that our students need to be successful.”

Dr. Brumley says this money really does help those students who are behind. “In 2010 we where the 49th ranked system out of about 70 systems in Louisiana and this year we are about the ninth ranked system so we have made tremendous progress here in DeSoto parish we believe that the rubber meets the road with our classroom teachers and we want to give them every opportunity and resource they need to be successful for our kids.”

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote on the grant on Wednesday. The Bossier and DeSoto Parishes school systems feel very confident on receiving the money.

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