Christie Administration Announces $1 Million in Grants to Improve Achievement for Students with Disabilities in Low-Performing Schools
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Mike Yaple
|Date: September 18, 2013||609-292-1126|
Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced $1 million in grants to improve literacy and math skills for students with disabilities in 19 schools throughout New Jersey. These funds will support students with disabilities in the state's highest-need schools, designated as "Priority" or "Focus" schools.
"We have focused intensive efforts this past year to help turn around our lowest-performing schools, and these grants will provide additional support to those schools," said Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. "Whether they provide classroom programs, new reading materials and technology for students, or professional development for teachers and training for parents, the students will benefit."
The grant was designed and awarded by the Department as part of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) grant. The IDEA grant program allows the New Jersey Department of Education to decide how the funding will be allocated to assist students with disabilities. While New Jersey has utilized discretionary special education grants for many years, this is the first year that the grant funding has been structured as a competitive program specifically targeting districts with Priority and Focus schools. The Department opened applications in May, and 29 districts applied for grants.
The projects will be implemented in 15 Focus Schools and four Priority Schools. "Priority Schools" are the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools based on proficiency, growth and graduation rates, and also any non-Title I school that meets the same criteria. On the next level are "Focus Schools," which comprise about 10 percent of schools with the overall lowest subgroup performance, a graduation rate below 75 percent, and the widest achievement gaps between different subgroups of students.
The awards range from approximately $22,000 to over $200,000, depending on the district and number of schools specified in the grant applications.
Improving Achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities
|Cliffside Park||Bergen||School #6||$75,000|
|East Orange||Essex||Patrick Healy Middle School *||$21,603|
|Edison||Middlesex||John Adams Middle School||$52,490|
|Glassboro||Gloucester||Glassboro Intermediate School||$50,000|
|Jersey City||Hudson||Ezra L. Nolan School #40 *
Alexander D. Sullivan School #30
James F. Murray School #38
|Lakewood Township||Ocean||Lakewood High School *
Clifton Ave. Grade School
Lakewood Middle School
|Morris School District||Morris||Sussex Avenue School
Normandy Park School
|Old Bridge Township||Middlesex||Jonas Salk Middle School||$78,750|
|Roselle Borough||Union||Abraham Clark High School *||$72,420|
|South Orange-Maplewood||Essex||Maplewood Middle School
South Orange Middle School
|West New York||Hudson||West New York Middle School||$52,500|
|West Orange||Essex||Edison Middle School||$52,500|
|Wildwood City||Cape May||Glenwood Ave. Elementary School||$50,000|
Schools marked with an asterisk are Priority Schools. Those without an asterisk are Focus Schools.