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Three local school districts will get share of literacy funding

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Published: May. 13, 2021 at 5:29 PM EDT|Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 4:02 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Three school districts in the CSRA will share in a third round of Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia grants from the Georgia Department of Education.

The grants announced Thursday total $14.75 million for 19 school districts. Among those districts are Jefferson County, Richmond County and Taliaferro County.

In Richmond County, the grant will support expanded classroom libraries and reading intervention programs at Tobacco Road Elementary, Willis Foreman Elementary, Diamond Lakes Elementary, Spirit Creek Middle, Pine Hill Middle and Cross Creek Hill schools.

The program’s first round was funded by a $61.5 million federal Striving Readers grant, while the second and third rounds have been funded by a five-year, $179.17 million federal grant awarded to Georgia in 2019.

Ninety-five percent of that amount is being competitively awarded to local school districts and their community partners.

The awards take into account the poverty level of a community, the percentage of students reading below grade level, the recent rate of growth in the number of students reading above grade level, and whether a school is identified for support from the Department of Education’s school improvement team.

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