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Liberty earns DoD education grant
$1.4M to boost graduation rates
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The Liberty County school district has received a $1.4 million grant from a Department of Defense education partnership to improve student performance in mathematics education as well as increase graduation rates and prepare high school graduates to enter the workforce.
“We are excited to have this additional funding to address instruction in our high schools, especially in the areas of math and teacher leadership development,” Liberty County Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer said.
The funding came from a grant program administered by the DoD’s Education Activity Educational Partnership. The grant program focuses on promoting achievement at schools directly affected by military structure changes that occurred in fiscal year 2010.
The grant will fund
the application of the
“Sustained Achievement/Leadership Development.” program. Grant awards range from $100,000 to $2.5 million based on military student enrollment at the target schools.  While program’s aim is to enhance the education of military students, funds may be used to raise student achievement for all students at the schools.  
“Although our focus will be on development of mathematical abilities, the instructional strategies learned and leadership development will impact all areas of instruction and will improve the graduation rate for all of our students,” Scherer said. “We are pleased with this partnership with the DoDEA and look forward to working together.”
Kathy Facon, chief of the educational partnership program, said military dependents face unique challenges. “We are proud to be able to help the school districts that support them,” Facon said.
 Approximately 60 percent of the children of military families in the U.S. are school age and the majority of them attend public schools throughout the nation, according a DoD press release on the grant program.

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