Texas gets $66.5 million for comprehensive literacy program

More than $180 million in grants were awarded to six states through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program, which helps states pursue a comprehensive approach to improving literacy outcomes for all children, birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities. The largest grant, $66,500,000, was awarded to Texas.

Never before have grants been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for literacy projects aimed at comprehensive state programs that encompass such a broad age range. The six winning states will hold competitions of their own to award 95 percent of the funds as “sub-grants” to local school districts and early learning providers. 

States must use at least 15 percent of their grant funds to serve children from birth through age 5; 40 percent to support students in grades K-5; and 40 percent to help middle and high schools, with an equitable distribution between the two. The remaining five percent can be set aside for state administration of the grants. www2.ed.gov/programs/strivingreaders-literacy/index.html.