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Budget Funding to District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10th, 2013

Funding to district for literacy program, urban agriculture, Promise Neighborhoods

COLUMBUS—Despite many issues of contention, a few provisions exist in the budget to benefit those who need it most. State Representative Sandra Williams notes some of the positive things that will impact the district.

$300,000 for Literacy and Comprehension Program
• A Cultural Exchange received $150,000 in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 to carry out the Read, Baby, Read! Program. This research-based program is aligned with state and national English Language Arts standards to raise the literacy rates and help ensure students meet the newly established 3rd grade read guarantee. The program operates in conjunction with school districts, public libraries, and arts and cultural institutions across Ohio.

$324,400 for Vocational Agricultural Pilot Program for At-Risk Schools
• The Cleveland Municipal and Cincinnati Public School Districts received up to $78,600 and $83,600, respectively, in each fiscal year to identify one at-risk school that will benefit from an urban 4-H program. The VoAg program is intended to provide students with career tech opportunities ranging from gardening and healthy eating habits to fostering entrepreneurship.

$500,000 to Promise Neighborhood Programs
• Earmarks $250,000 in each fiscal year for the purpose of providing grants to Promise Neighborhood programs. Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN) and other collaborations like them are now eligible to apply for Straight A funds meant to improve efficiency and performance in local schools and districts. This funding will assist CCPN continue the public, private, faith and community partnership that is making a real difference in the community.

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