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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2018
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

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New York State Education Department Awards $28.5 Million in Federal Grants to Lift Student Achievement

Districts to Use Grants to Provide a Well-Rounded Education, Provide Safe and Healthy School Environments and Improve Digital Literacy

The New York State Education Department awarded $28.5 million in Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants to 38 school districts, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today. The grants, newly authorized under Title IV of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, will help build state and local capacity to lift the academic achievement of students throughout the State.

“These grants provide flexible funding to districts, so they can decide where the money can best be used to lift student achievement,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “For too long, we’ve seen a narrowing of the curriculum in our schools – but these grants are aimed at once again providing students with a more well-rounded education.”

“These grants have the potential to make our students healthier and safer, more well-rounded, and more tech-savvy,” said Commissioner Elia. “By providing added flexibility in the use of the grants, districts are empowered to fund activities that make the most sense for their schools and students.”

The SSAE program is intended to increase the capacity of the state Education Department, local school districts, schools and communities to provide students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to lift the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Districts that receive grant awards must prioritize funding to schools based on one or more of the following criteria. The schools must:

  • be among those with the greatest needs (as determined by the district);
  • have the highest percentages of low-income students;
  • be identified for comprehensive support and improvement;
  • have consistently underperforming subgroups of students; or
  • be identified as a persistently dangerous school.

The grant term runs through September 30, 2019.

The Department awarded grants in three content areas: (1) Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities; (2) Safe and Healthy Students; and (3) Effective Use of Technology.

SSAE Awards: Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities

School District Amount Awarded

Beacon City School District

$400,207

Buffalo City School District

$2,732,033

East Ramapo Central School District (Spring Valley)

$1,108,503

Hamilton Central School District

$942,317

Hornell City School District

$135,204

Indian River Central School District

$595,845

Lyons Central School District

$603,835

Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District

$203,522

Newfane Central School District

$267,610

Olean City School District

$192,465

Rochester City School District

$3,749,541

Tonawanda City School District

$137,684

Windsor Central School District

$331,234

TOTAL

$11,400,000

SSAE Awards: Safe and Healthy Students

School District Amount Awarded

Attica Central School District

$206,719

Brentwood Union Free School District

$1,252,164

Buffalo City School District

$1,943,810

East Ramapo Central School District (Spring Valley)

$875,025

Sodus Central School District

$517,575

Yonkers City School District

$904,707

TOTAL

$5,700,000

SSAE Awards: Effective Use of Technology

School District Amount Awarded

Alexander Central School District

$249,871

Amityville Union Free School District

$889,241

Auburn City School District

$489,482

Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School

$231,975

Charter School of Educational Excellence

$897,345

East Ramapo Central school District (Spring Valley)

$1,684,750

Evergreen Charter School

$234,802

Fillmore Central School District

$128,573

Fulton City School District

$1,000,000

Genesee Valley Central school District

$132,941

Glens Falls Common School District

$100,000

Groton Central School District

$249,994

New York City Chancellors Office

$1,563,539

Niagara Charter School

$114,400

Pembroke Central School District

$37,511

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School

$360,866

Syracuse City School District

$2,171,623

Valley Stream 30 Union Free School District

$426,581

Watertown City School District

$436,506

TOTAL

$11,400,000