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Local schools to receive state grants for language and literacy

Help is on the way to several northeast Louisiana districts.

Select school districts will be awarded nearly $12 M in federal grant funding through the SRCL grant or Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy. The  grant is to advance the pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing skills of disadvantaged youth birth through grade 12, including English learners and students with disabilities.

Concordia Parish Schools received the most in grant funding in the area at $512,186. District Superintendent, Whest  Shirley, says the grant is a prime example of the strides the his district is making. 

"We are all about school performance scores and we want to get test scores up. Reading on grade level is a big part of that," said Shirley.

Money will go towards the purchase of popular children's books as well as workshops for teachers.

"On the elementary end we are reaching down from birth to age 5 with some of the money and providing pre-reading and literacy skills. For kindergarten through 5th grade we will be adding professional development as well as a tier 1 program, said"Cindy Smith, Director of Elementary Education with Concordia Parish Schools.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education makes the awards official when it votes Wednesday.

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