Education Funding Grants


September 12, 2006 7 min read


Arts Educators

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded its annual grants to support professional-development programs for K-12 music, dance, drama, and visual arts teachers. The recipients for fiscal year 2006 are: Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward, Calif.; Hampshire Educational Collaborative, Northampton, Mass.; Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, N.J.; Santa Cruz County Schools, Nogales, Ariz.; School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Fla.

Character Education

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $15.5 million to character education programs in schools nationwide. The programs include lessons on civics, citizenship, justice, responsibility, and respect. Following is a list of recipients:

California: Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward; Hanford Elementary School District, Hanford; Lennox School District, Lennox; Mare Island Technology Academy, Vallejo; Napa County Office of Education, Napa; Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa; San Diego County Office Of Education, San Diego; Woodland Joint Unified School District, Woodland.

District of Columbia: Hyde Park Leadership Public Charter School.

Florida: Gadsden County Schools, Quincy; School Board of Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale; School Board of Pinellas County, Largo.

Illinois: Wood River-Hartford School District #15, Wood River.

Indiana: Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis.

Massachusetts: Burgess Elementary School, Fiskdale.

Michigan: Charyl Stockwell Academy, Howell; Genesee Intermediate School District, Flint; Saginaw Intermediate School District, Saginaw.

New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Education, Trenton.

New Mexico: Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, Las Vegas.

New York: Buffalo City School District, Buffalo; Niagara Falls City School District, Niagara Falls; Region 6/District 17, Brooklyn; Utica City School District, Utica.

North Carolina: Guilford County Schools, Greensboro.

Ohio: Ohio Department of Education, Columbus; Youngstown City Schools, Youngstown.

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg School District, Harrisburg; School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

South Carolina: Lancaster County School District, Lancaster; South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia.

Texas: Cedar Hill Independent School District, Cedar Hill; Floresville Independent School District, Floresville; Houston Independent School District, Houston.

Virginia: Portsmouth Public Schools, Portsmouth.

Education Research

The Washington-based National Academy of Education recently announced the recipients of its 2006 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships. Each scholar will receive $55,000 to support education research for use in policy formation and practice. The recipients are listed below:

Eileen Anderson-Fye, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; Douglas Clark, Arizona State University, Tempe; Joseph Crespino, Emory University, Atlanta; Jimmy de la Torre, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus; Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin—Madison; Nora Gordon, University of California, San Diego; J. Matthew Hartley, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Wendy Hoglund, New York University, New York City; Guanglei Hong, University of Toronto; Robert Kunzman, Indiana University, Bloomington; WanShun Eva Lam, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.; Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Patrick McEwan, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.; Margaret Nash, University of California, Riverside; Alina Reznitskaya, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J.; Aaron Saiger, Fordham University School of Law, New York City; Beth Samuelson, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant; Kim Warren, University of Kansas, Lawrence; Tonya Wolford, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Xiaogang Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Health and Safety

More than $31 million in Safe School/Healthy Students Initiative grants were awarded this year by the U.S. departments of education, health and human services, and justice. The grants will be used by school districts to develop safe learning environments through partnerships with local police and juvenile justice departments and mental-health agencies. The 2006 recipients are listed below:

California: Anaheim City School District, Anaheim; Lamont School District, Lamont; Capistrano Unified School District, San Juan Capistrano; Soledad Unified School District, Soledad; Woodland Joint Unified School District, Woodland.

Florida: Lafayette School District, Mayo.

Georgia: Dooly County Board of Education, Vienna.

Massachusetts: Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield.

Michigan: Delta-Schoolcraft Independent School District, Escanaba.

Minnesota: Independent School District #709, Duluth.

North Carolina: Cherokee County Schools, Murphy.

Nebraska: South Sioux City Community Schools, South Sioux City.

New York: Enlarged City School District of Middletown, Middletown; St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Canton.

Oklahoma: El Reno Public Schools, El Reno.

Pennsylvania: William Penn School District, Landsdowne.

South Carolina: Horry County School District, Conway.

Texas: San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, San Benito.

Wyoming: Fremont County School District, Arapahoe.

Science Education

The Bethesda, Md.-based American Physiological Society recently announced the recipients of its 2006 Frontiers in Physiology Professional Development Fellowships, a program that pairs middle and high school teachers with researchers for mentoring and scientific and laboratory research. The recipients are listed below:

Robert Bartlett, Morton West High School, Berwyn, Ill.; Stephen M. Biscotte, Blythewood High School, Blythewood, S.C.; Jason Cox, New Albany High School, New Albany, Ind.; Sandra Cross, Camino Real Middle School, Las Cruces, N.M.; Rebecca Evans, Granville Intermediate School, Granville, Ohio; Tina Hale, Ockerman Middle School, Florence, Ky.; Kathryn Hedges, Campagna Academy Charter School, Schererville, Ind.; Claire Kennedy, Academies @ Englewood, Dwight Morrow Campus, Englewood, N.J.; Erin Knapp, Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis; Ramona Lundberg, Deuel High School, Clear Lake, S.D.; Kathryn Madren, Lawrence Central High School/Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis; William J. Mahl, Seymour Middle School, Seymour, Ind.; Robert Manriquez, Many High School, Many, La.; Brandi Odom, Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles; Melissa Parsons, Norwood Middle School, Norwood, Ohio; Cynthia Pfirrmann, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains, N.J.; Clemontene Rountree, Northwest High School, Hyattsville, Md.; Elmer Sanders, Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis; Tonya Williams, Kelly Miller Middle School, Washington; Maria Winston, Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Teacher Education

Thirty-one Transition to Teaching grants, totaling $11.8 million, have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grants support teacher-education programs that help high-need school districts recruit and retain highly-qualified educators. Following is a list of recipients:

Alabama: University of South Alabama, Mobile.

California: California State University—Dominguez Hills; California State University—Fullerton; California State University—Long Beach; Stockton Unified School District, Stockton.

Florida: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers; Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth; School Board of Miami-Dade County, Miami; School Board of Orange County, Orlando; University of South Florida, Tampa.

Georgia: Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Atlanta.

Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

New Jersey: Kean University, Union.

North Carolina: Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville; East Carolina University, Greenville; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New Mexico: New Mexico Public Education Department, Santa Fe.

New York: The New Teacher Project, New York City.

Ohio: University of Dayton.

Tennessee: Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville.

Texas: Dallas Independent School District; Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth; Education Service Center—Region 8, Austin; Education Service Center— Region 19, El Paso; Texas A&M Research Foundation, College Station; University of Houston; The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 13, 2006 edition of Education Week


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