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Reading First

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 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
Phone : 916-323-4629
E-mail : jcohen@cde.ca.gov
Fiscal Jonathan Mortimer
Phone : 916-323-4805
E-mail : jmortime@cde.ca.gov
Division Professional Learning Support Division
Phone : 916-323-6269
Fax : 916-323-2928

Last Modified: June 29, 2011

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