Reduced federal grant allocations partially restored
Districts that were notified back in October of a reduction to their school year 2011-12 ESEA Title I Part A, ESEA Title II Part A and IDEA Part B Section 611 grant allocations can expect to see some of the cut funds returned to their allocation. >>> LEARN MORE.

More information on Personal Finance Standards released
Personal Finance Standards were adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education in July 2011.

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February is National Career and Technical Education Month
It's Career and Technical Education Month across the country, and to help celebrate, Governor Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Career and Technical Student Organization Day in South Dakota.

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Submission deadline nearing for grants to fund after-school programs

Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are due later this month. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement the studentsí regular school instruction.

Grant award amounts range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, and the life of the grant is five years. While funds are often awarded to schools, other organizations are also eligible to apply. The grants must specifically support programs offered outside of regular school hours. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty and low-achieving schools in need of additional support. Funding for this grant comes from the federal government in the form of a formula grant to the states. Because it is authorized under No Child Left Behind, programming must include an academic component and content-specific enrichment activities.

Grant applications must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Education by Feb. 24.

Find more information and application online. Contact Sue Burgard with any additional questions.