Dept. of Ed Awards School Safety and Climate Grants

The more than $70 million that has been awarded is designed to make schools safer, reduce gun violence and improve mental health services.

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday that it awarded more than $70 million to 130 grantees in 38 states. The awards were made under four new grant programs that were among the proposals included in President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now Is The Time,” a plan to make U.S. schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services. The new competitive grant programs are:

  • School Climate Transformation grants to school districts-$35,818,097
  • School Climate Transformation grants to states-$7,339,654
  • Project Prevent grants to school districts-$14,167,876
  • School Emergency Management grants to states-$13,082,991

The School Climate Transformation grants to school districts provide more than $35.8 million to 71 school districts in 23 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funds will be used to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for implementing evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral frameworks for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for students. The goals of the program are to connect children, youths, and families to appropriate services and supports; improve conditions for learning and behavioral outcomes for school-aged youths; and increase awareness of and the ability to respond to mental-health issues among school-aged youths.

School districts also will use funds to implement models for reform and evidence-based practices that address the school-to-prison pipeline. The grants provide funding for up to five years, for a total of nearly $180 million. Many of the school districts receiving this funding also will coordinate their efforts with support from Now Is The Time programs administered by other agencies.

One hundred school districts received the Department of Health and Human Services’ Project AWARE grants, including 29 of the Department of Education grantees. In addition, five grantees will receive assistance through the Department of Justice’s School Justice Collaboration program.

The School Climate Transformation grants to states provide more than $7.3 million to 12 states to develop, enhance, or expand statewide systems of support for, and technical assistance to, school districts and schools implementing an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.  The grants provide funding for up to five years, for a total of more than $36 million. Twenty states received funding through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Project AWARE grants, including nine Department of Education grantees.

The Project Prevent grants provide funding to school districts to expand their capacity to more effectively assist schools in communities with pervasive violence to better meet the needs of students directly or indirectly exposed to violence. The more than $14.1 million in awards to 22 school districts in 14 states will be used for school-based counseling services, or referrals to community-based counseling services for assistance in coping with trauma or anxiety; school-based social and emotional supports for students to help address the effects of violence; and conflict resolution and other school-based strategies to prevent future violence. Funds also will be used to create a safer and improved school environment, which may include activities to decrease the incidence of harassment, bullying, violence, gang involvement and substance abuse.

These grant programs also address a critical goal of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which is to ensure that schools can provide the social, emotional, and behavioral supports for all youth-including boys and young men of color-that will enable all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

The School Emergency Management grants provide more than $13 million to 25 states to expand their capacity to assist school districts in developing and implementing high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPs). Those states that currently have limited internal capacity will first expand that capacity and then provide training and technical assistance to school districts. States that provided evidence of current internal capacity (i.e., that currently have EOP subject matter experts on staff and comprehensive, up-to-date state EOP resources) will immediately provide or expand training and technical assistance to school districts. These one-time grants provide funding for 18 months.


2014 School Climate Transformation Grants-School District Grantees

ALABAMA
Ashville St. Clair County Schools $199,934

ARIZONA
San Carlos San Carlos Unified School District $559,512
Marana Marana Unified School District $749,943

CALIFORNIA
Pasadena Pasadena Unified School District $445,135
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa City Schools $713,933
Oakland Oakland Unified School District $322,526
Pico Rivera El Rancho Unified School District $360,888
Eureka Eureka City Schools $715,041
Lakeport Lake County Office of Education $372,923
Salinas Monterey County Office of Education $621,561
Hemet Hemet Unified School District $340,918
Ukiah Mendocino County Office of Education $324,941
Lindsay Lindsay Unified School District $750,000
Pleasanton Pleasanton Unified School District $475,976
Cerritos ABC Unified School District $362,862
Oakland Leadership Public Schools $276,856
Arleta YPI Charter Schools, aka Bert Corona Charter School $750,000
Visalia Tulare County Office of Education $740,691

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington Eagle Academy Public Charter School $321,675

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale The School Board of Broward County, Florida $750,000
Jacksonville Duval County Public Schools $749,235
Fernandina Beach Nassau District School Board $671,227
Tampa Hillsborough County Public Schools $750,000
Bartow School Board of Polk County, Florida $750,000

IOWA
Ft. Dodge Ft. Dodge Community School District $316,591
Des Moines Des Moines Independent Community School District $499,808

ILLINOIS
Alton Alton Community Unit School District #11 $255,170
Zion Zion Elementary School District 6 $214,973
Sandoval Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 $320,965

KENTUCKY
Corbin Corbin Board of Education $200,000
Louisville Jefferson County Board of Education $749,903
Murray West Kentucky Educational Cooperative $749,698
Inez Martin County Board of Education $310,782

LOUISIANA
Shreveport Caddo Parish School Board $604,087
Harvey Jefferson Parish Public School System $742,406
New Orleans Orleans Parish School Board $525,000

MASSACHUSETTS
Newton Newton Public Schools $364,358
Reading Town of Reading $252,329
Wilbraham Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District $334,863

MICHIGAN
Pigeon Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Schools $361,303
Detroit School District of the City of Detroit $705,797
Muskegon Muskegon Area Intermediate School District $442,125

NORTH CAROLINA
Concord Cabarrus County Schools $749,895

NEBRASKA
Lincoln Lincoln Public Schools $260,117
Papillion Papillion-La Vista School District $325,411
Fremont Fremont Public Schools $750,000

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laconia Laconia School District $200,211

NEW YORK
Auburn Auburn Enlarged City School District $229,397
Buffalo Board of Education, Buffalo NY $694,033
Lyons Lyons Central School District $723,102
Cheektowaga Cleveland Hill Union Free School District $222,037
Middle Island Longwood Central School District $319,966
Cheektowaga Cheektowaga Central School District $138,576

OKLAHOMA
Hominy Osage County Interlocal Cooperative $648,302

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Philadelphia School District $608,269
Lancaster Lancaster School District $635,659

SOUTH CAROLINA
Chesnee Spartanburg County School District Two $328,267

TEXAS
San Antonio South San Antonio Independent School District $727,566
San Antonio Southside Independent School District $729,391
Pasadena Pasadena Independent School District $667,108
San Antonio Northside Independent School District $193,299
Karnes City Karnes City Independent School District $602,128
San Antonio San Antonio Independent School District $533,581

UTAH
Salt Lake City Granite School District $747,539
Tooele Tooele County School District $475,525

VIRGIN ISLANDS
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Department of Education $745,384

WASHINGTON
Vancouver Vancouver School District #37 $323,010

WISCONSIN
Berlin Berlin Area School District $231,489
Appleton Appleton Area School District $660,354
Wausau Wausau School District $747,030

2014 School Climate Transformation Grants-State Grantees

Connecticut State Department of Education $578,499
Delaware Department of Education $458,660
Florida Department of Education $641,017
Hawaii Department of Education $608,901
Iowa Department of Education $688,566
Michigan Department of Education $640,788
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education $680,508
Montana Office of Public Instruction $750,000
Nevada Department of Education $748,340
Ohio Department of Education $260,427
Virginia Department of Education $705,427
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction $578,521

2014 Project Prevent Grantees

Arizona
Tucson The Pima Prevention Partnership dba Pima Partnership School $291,036

California
Oakland Oakland Unified School District $596,249
Pico Rivera El Rancho Unified School District $832,601
San Francisco San Francisco Unified School District $570,888
Stockton Stockton Unified School District $980,121
San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified School District $426,788

Connecticut
New London New London Public Schools $613,131

Florida
Sarasota School Board of Sarasota County $270,489
Tampa Hillsborough County Public Schools $750,000
Miami The School Board of Miami-Dade $642,266

Indiana
Indianapolis Metropolitan School District of Pike Township $998,573

Kentucky
Hazard Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative $495,176

Michigan
Lansing Lansing School District $763,072

Minnesota
St. Paul Independent School District #625 $395,591

Nevada
Reno Washoe County School District $973,491

Pennsylvania
Chester Archway Charter School of Chester, Inc. $552,160

South Carolina
Lancaster Lancaster County School District $493,518

Tennessee
Ashland City Cheatham County School District $1,000,000
Memphis Shelby County Board of Education $856,363
Nashville Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools $492,631

Washington
Spokane Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 $714,146

Wisconsin
Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Schools $459,586

2014 Grants to States for School Emergency Management

Alabama State Department of Education $400,269
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development $249,050
Arizona Department of Education $577,154
Colorado Department of Education $413,411
Connecticut State Department of Education $291,483
Illinois State Board of Education $1,098,250
Iowa Department of Education $257,314
Kentucky Department of Education $333,020
Louisiana Department of Education $392,400
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education $506,079
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education $500,485
Montana Office of Public Instruction $250,000
Nevada Department of Education $250,000
New Hampshire Department of Education $250,000
New Jersey Department of Education $732,350
New Mexico Public Education Department $249,997
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction $250,000
Ohio Department of Education $962,025
Pennsylvania Department of Education $986,908
South Carolina Department of Education $364,955
Tennessee Department of Education $532,643
Texas Education Agency $1,954,749
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $557,940
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction $472,509
Wyoming Department of Education $250,000

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