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School Districts in 38 States Receive $116 Million in Grants to Help Improve Teaching of American History
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FOR RELEASE:
July 14, 2009
Contact: David Thomas,
(202) 401-1576

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 123 school districts in 38 states have been awarded $116 million in new grants to help schools improve the teaching of American history.

“These grants give school districts an ideal opportunity to partner with other organizations that possess content expertise to embark on a journey to enhance American history education and student academic achievement,” Duncan said. “We should seize the moment, and make history by improving the quality of teaching in U.S. history classes, as we prepare students for future careers.”

The Teaching American History grant program is designed to improve student achievement by enhancing teachers’ knowledge of traditional American history through intensive ongoing professional development in both content and research-based teaching strategies. Grants fund projects for up to five years, and grantees must partner with one or more organizations that have extensive knowledge of American history, including libraries, museums, nonprofit history or humanities organizations and higher education institutions.

History is one of the core academic subjects under the Elementary and Secondary Act. The most recent Nation’s Report Card on academic achievement in American history education showed some overall improvement in history at all grade levels, but less than a quarter of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-graders are performing at the highest level.

More information about the Teaching American History Grant program is available at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.

FY 2009 Teaching American History Grantees

Alabama
Elmore County School District - $499,996
Lee County Board of Education - $999,957
Tuscaloosa City Schools - $999,996

Arkansas
Little Rock School District - $975,757

Arizona
Deer Valley School District #97 - $999,992
Mesa Unified School District - $961,810

California
Berryessa Union Elementary School District - $974,923
Clovis Unified School District - $995,482
Del Norte Unified School District - $999,955
East Side Union High School District - $995,514
Elk Grove Unified School District - $998,576
Fresno County Office of Education - $1,965,449
Moorpark Unified School District - $992,099
Morgan Hill Unified School District - $995,486
Mt. Diablo Unified School District - $969,574
New Heights Charter School - $499,997
Northern Humboldt Union High School District - $999,819
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District - $889,097
Placer County Office of Education - $946,552
Pomona Unified School District - $896,709
Sacramento City Unified School District - $1,000,000
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools - $1,419,107
San Joaquin County Office of Education - $1,000,000
San Juan Unified School District - $978,901
Tulare County Office of Education - $1,000,000

Colorado
Centennial BOCES - $978,712
Ignacio JT-11 School District - $976,743

Connecticut
Area Cooperative Educational Services - $929,200
Bridgeport Public Schools - $978,438
Cromwell Public Schools - $965,401
Shelton Board of Education - $988,499
Windham Public Schools - $1,012,151

Florida
Citrus County School Board - $484,098
Florida Virtual School – 983,419
School Board of Brevard County - $977,215
School Board of Lake County - $716,669
School Board of Miami-Dade County, FL - $1,799,880
School Board of Pinellas County, FL - $821,626
School Board of Polk County - $998,640
School Board of Sarasota County - $984,122
School District of Manatee County - $974,436
Volusia County School District - $907,686

Georgia
DeKalb County School System - $999,527
Fayette County Board of Education - $1,000,000
Northeast Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency - $280,732

Idaho
Kuna Joint School District - $499,894

Illinois
Bloom Township High School District 206 - $478,330
St. Clair County Educational Cooperative Board - $986,482
Urbana School District - $999,986

Indiana
Monroe County Community School Corporation - $497,917

Iowa
Des Moines Public Schools - $883,578

Kentucky
Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative - $999,668
Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative - $868,048
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative - $999,895

Louisiana Ouachita Parish School System - $961,875

Maryland
Baltimore County Public Schools - $998,175
Board of Education of Prince George's County, MD - $999,991

Massachusetts
Billerica Public Schools - $952,360
Boston Public Schools - $1,000,000
Burlington Public Schools - $979,475
CHARMS Collaborative - $995,291
Medford Public Schools - $1,000,000
Northshore Education Consortium - $994,391
Reading Public Schools - $999,818
Town of South Hadley - $988,688
Westfield Public Schools - $984,800
Worcester Public Schools - $999,242

Michigan
Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency - $998,675
Lansing School District - $999,999
Waterford School District - $499,689

Minnesota
South Central Service Cooperative - $998,783

Missouri
Board of Education of the City of St. Louis - $846,915
Miller R-II School District - $990,308

New Jersey
Bergen County Technical Schools - $999,998
Moorestown Township Public Schools - $954,136
Washington Township Board of Education - $499,995
Woodbury Public Schools - $449,995

New York
Albion Central School District - $859,888
Carl C Icahn Charter School - $496,894
Corning-Painted Post Area School District - $998,146
New York City Department of Education - $1,541,030
New York City Department of Education, Community School District 3 - $998,478
New York City Department of Education, Community School District 31 - $978,410
New York City Department of Education, Community School District 8, 11, 12 - $999,403
North Syracuse Central School District - $977,893
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES - $991,538
Rochester City School District - $976,970

North Carolina
Durham Public Schools - $805,642
Pender County School District - $967,823

Ohio
Brown County Educational Service Center - $499,947
Columbiana County Educational Service Center - $1,000,000
Educational Service Center of Central Ohio - $975,156
Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center - $497,950
Shelby County Educational Service Center - $499,659
Tri-County Educational Service Center - $920,934

Oklahoma
Lawton Public Schools - $979,668

Oregon
Douglas Education Service District - $999,996
High Desert Education Service District - $942,705

Pennsylvania
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit - $997,000

South Carolina
Aiken County Public Schools - $981,798
Berkeley County School District - $969,909
Florence School District One - $976,709
Sumter County School District Two - $973,712
Williamsburg County School District - $966,582

Tennessee
Carter County Schools - $986,944

Texas
Dallas Independent School District - $969,477
Education Service Center Region 12 - $937,386
Fort Bend Independent School District - $998,029
McAllen Independent School District - $1,000,000
Navasota ISD - $978,667

Virginia
Bedford County (VA) Public Schools - $743,397
Charlottesville City Schools - $980,191
Newport News Public School Board, (referred to as NNPS) - $990,235
Norton City Public Schools - $1,000,000
Richmond City Public School - $996,724
Virginia Beach City Public Schools - $997,954

West Virginia
Hampshire County Schools - $997,313
Regional Education Service Agency I - $982,414
Regional Educational Service Agency II - $999,972
Regional Education Service Agency III - $999,998

Wisconsin
Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10 - $1,675,562
Milwaukee Public Schools - $989,104
Superior School District - $744,938

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