State awards $26 million in federal grants to schools

2013-07-18T21:00:00Z 2013-07-18T21:11:15Z State awards $26 million in federal grants to schoolsCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

Several local schools are among 30 across the state that have been awarded federal dollars to improve student performance.

EdisonLearning, a private company that operates Gary Roosevelt College and Career Academy, will receive $1.4 million for the second consecutive year from the Indiana Department of Education. The department awarded a total of $26 million in school improvement grants Thursday.

Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, said the school improvement grants are awarded to assist low-performing schools to improve performance in all areas. 

The grants are competitive, and the size of the awards is based on the amount of funds available from the federal government, the number of programs the Indiana department wants to support and the quality of the applications, said Todd McIntire, of EdisonLearning. The grants are not tied to enrollment.

McIntire said earlier this month that the company developed a four-year plan to turn around the Gary high school.

For the 2012-13 school year, EdisonLearning applied for and was awarded a grant of $1,472,367, he said.

Local schools receiving 1003(a) school improvement grants for 2013-14 include:

• EdisonLearning Theodore Roosevelt Career and Tech Academy, Gary: $1,474,000

• Dunbar Pulaski Middle School, Gary: $250,000

• Lew Wallace STEM Academy, Gary: $125,000

• Watson Academy, Gary: $60,000

• West Side Leadership Academy, Gary: $60,000

• Benjamin Franklin Academy, East Chicago: $60,000

Local schools receiving 1003(g) school improvement grants for 2013-14 include:

• Dr. Bernard C. Watson Academy for Boys, Gary: $1,797,979

• 21st Century Charter of Gary: $1,254,134

• Lew Wallace STEM Academy, Gary: $1,999,993

• Bailly Preparatory Academy, Gary: $1,767,448

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