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Grant Targets Literacy Rates in E.P.

Highlander Charter School awarded $170,000 to expand literacy programs with East Providence schools.

A project to improve literacy rates in East Providence will be expanded to all eight of the city's elementary schools over the next two years.

The expansion will be made possible by a $170,000 federal grant to Highlander Charter School of Providence, which has been working with two of the schools since last year. The grant came from the U.S. Department of Education.

Highlander is one of seven charter schools in the country to receive the competitive funding under the "Charter School Exemplary Collaboration Awards" program, which encourages charters and traditional public schools to share best practices and resources, according to the K-8 school.

Rose Mary Grant, president of Highlander Charter School and its Highlander Institute, said that the funds will be used to continue and expand the literacy work of the school and the institute.

"The collaborative model was based on the success of the Rhode Island Literacy Partnership, a five-year initiative out of the Highlander Institute," said the school in a news release.

John DeGoes, inteirm superintendent in East Providence, said that he is "excited to be able to continue the work with Highlander to improve literacy rates in the district."

pferd October 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
what does that say about an elementary school when they need to improve the literacy ? we just keep throwing good money after bad. why is the original money not enough??? there must be a will to teach and to learn - money is not going to do it.
Sharon October 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I have spent the bulk of my professional career in the area of literacy. I have never seen a lack of will to teach or to learn as a problem. Collaboration among professionals is always a good thing.
Patty Drolet October 06, 2012 at 08:03 AM
I would like to ask a Question to the school committee; why is it when a child with special needs (dyslexia) has no extra help now that he is a sophomore at the High School? He failed 4 subjects as a Freshman, so now he has it even harder; which makes no sense! He needs a little help or he may quit or just give up! Please help, does anyone have any ideas on how to go about helping my grandson? I will appreciate any help!
Sharon October 06, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Patty, If your granson has been diagnosed as Special Needs it seems to me that he should have an Individual Educational Plan or, at the very least, what is called a 504 plan. These services are required by law. I would check with his home room teacher. If s/he can't answer your questions go to the principal. If you are still not satisfied, ask to see the Director of Special Education. Hope this helps.

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