Oklahoma public schools receive nearly $10M in grant funding

Oklahoma public schools receive nearly $10M in grant funding
Oklahoma public schools receive nearly $10M in grant funding

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Department of Education awarded 102 grants totaling $8.4 million to schools throughout the state.

Thanks to these Edge Grants, 87 sites in 32 districts will have supplemental funds to enhance programs for sustainable school improvement in the upcoming school year.

“These federal funds are an investment in continuous academic improvement in schools that have faced significant challenges even prior to the pandemic,” said Joy Hofmeister, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The leaders of these awarded schools are showing their commitment to kids and their investment in people and programs that will foster sustainable success for their students.”

The Edge grants are named after Oklahoma Edge, the state’s 8-year strategic plan for public education.

Designated schools could apply for up to $100,000 in up to two categories, including:

  • curriculum with training
  • extended learning opportunities
  • instructional coaching
  • parent and community outreach
  • professional development for teachers.

Two schools, Hartshorne Elementary School and Howe High School received the maximum possible grant award of $200,000, while others received amounts between $24,800 and $199,473.

“We expect to see literacy gains with the implementation of Reading Plus for grades 5-8 and Lexia for grades 9-12. We have also hired a high school graduation coach and a computer coach to work with our virtual students across all grades,” said Renee Dove, superintendent of Okmulgee Public Schools. “These academic supports for our students would not be in place without the Edge grants.”

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