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Reading First


Funding Description

Reading First is a federal program with the purpose of ensuring that all children in America learn to read well by the end of third grade. California's approved plan accomplishes this purpose by providing subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement fully the state-adopted reading program in kindergarten through grade three and to provide professional development in reading to kindergarten through grade twelve special education teachers.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria LEAs serving kindergarten through grade three that have 1,000 or more, or 40 percent or more, of their second and third graders scoring in categories "below basic" and "far below basic" in reading on the California Standards Test, and meet one of the following criteria: 1) the LEA has jurisdiction over an area designated as an empowerment zone or an enterprise community; OR 2) the LEA has two or more Program Improvement schools under Title I, Part A, or 25 percent of its schools identified for Program Improvement under Title I, Part A; OR 3) the LEA has 2,000 or more students, or 60 percent of students counted for allocation of Title I, Part A, funding.
Other Eligibility Considerations To be an eligible school within an eligible LEA, a school must have 40 percent or more of its second and third graders scoring in categories "below basic" and "far below basic" in reading on the California Standards Test, and be a Program Improvement school or have 50 percent or more of its students counted for allocation of Title I, Part A, funding.
Eligible Grade Level(s) K, 1, 2, 3
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable

Funding

Legal Authority No Child Left Behind, Title I, Part B, Subpart 1
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2005-06
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 3030 / 8290
Total Available $145,274,000
Recipient Amount $6,500-$8,000 per K-3 teacher in participating schools
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Unavailable

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date November 9, 2006

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Introduction to Reading First [http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/rl/readfirst04.asp]
Fiscal Unavailable
Other For fiscal questions about rounds three and four of funding, contact Juliana Morozumi; e-mail: jmorozumi@cde.ca.gov; tel. 916-323-5798.

Contacts

Program Jeff Cohen, 916-323-4629, jcohen@cde.ca.gov
Fiscal Jonathan Mortimer, 916-323-4805, jmortime@cde.ca.gov
Division Professional Learning Support Division, 916-323-6269 (phone), 916-323-2928 (fax)
Last Modified: June 29, 2011

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