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Release: #15-50
June 12, 2015
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for the Week Ending June 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) issued this week's roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.

Dozens of Expanded Learning Programs for California Students Funded

The CDE announced today 67 before and after school programs throughout the state will share $4.6 million in state grants designed to give students safe places to go outside of school hours, while also providing them expanded opportunities to learn or participate in enrichment activities.

The grants are part of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program that was created as a result of a 2002 voter-approved initiative called Proposition 49. The ASES program helps schools partner with local community resources to provide constructive alternatives for children before and after school hours. 

Children enrolled in these programs can get tutoring or homework assistance. They can also take advantage of activities like art, physical activity, college and career preparation, service learning, and more.

Eligible ASES applicants included local educational agencies, colleges and universities, and community partners. Only those schools serving the largest percentage of low-income students are eligible for new ASES funding. Among all schools currently receiving such funding, 79 percent of students are low income. 

For the list of recipients, visit the CDE's ASES Funding Results [Note: the preceding link is no longer available] Web page.

State Receives Grant to Promote Global Education

The CDE announced today it received notification of a $19,533 grant award from the Longview Foundation []External link opens in new window or tab. to help students meet the demands of college and careers in a global society.         

The funding will pay for a two-part California Global Education Summit this winter that will bring together parents, educators, business, community, and policymakers. They will work together to assess the state's current efforts in developing students' understanding of the world, prepare a report of their findings and recommendations, and build a network to guide future efforts to prepare students for college and careers.

The Virginia-based Longview Foundation works to help young Americans gain international knowledge, language, and intercultural skills. 

The grant furthers State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's California Career Readiness Initiative, designed to provide students with the skills to compete in the 21st century economy.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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