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Americorps to send volunteers to nation's worst schools

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U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

 Struggling and low performing schools are about to get a little help. 

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has announced a $15 million grant to deploy Americorps volunteers to some of the worst schools in the country. Schools have a little more than a month to apply for the volunteers—and there is a string or two attached.

Duncan made the announcement at the Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington D.C. He said the volunteers’ will focus on improving reading and math skills, raise graduation rates, and boost college enrollment.
 
“Turning around our nation’s lowest-performing schools is challenging work that requires everyone to play a part – from teachers, administrators, and counselors to business leaders, the philanthropic sector, and community members,” Duncan said.

The program will send 650 Americorps members to 60 rural and urban schools over three years.
 
The grant is open to public and private nonprofit organizations, including faith based groups. It’s funded by the Department of Education and the Corporation for National Community Service, which is seeking private funds to shore it up.
 
Duncan said he’s looking for applicants that focus on increasing parent and family engagement in education. Applications are due by April 2.

A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to CNCS by April 2, 2013 via e-mail at: americorpsgrants@cns.gov. Applications are due on April 23, 2013. More information about the notice of intent and application instructions may be found here.

Grants will be awarded by mid-July.

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