COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 28

February 1, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

U.S. Department of Education (USED) Grant Competition for the Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program

 

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce a USED grant competition for the Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program. Approximately $18.5 million will be available for funding, and an estimated 80 grants will be awarded under this competition. The LSL Program focuses on providing funding to public school libraries in school divisions with 20 percent or more family poverty. Funds are used to improve reading achievement through updating the library collection, expanding Internet connections, purchasing new technology, providing professional development for library media specialists, and extending school library hours. This is for school divisions, charter schools, or state-administered schools that are considered local school divisions, and not for individual schools.

 

Applications are due to USED on Friday, March 7, 2008. The full application package may be accessed on the program website at www.ed.gov/programs/lsl under Applicant Info. The Federal Register Notice can be found at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2008-1/012208a.html.

 

If you have questions, please e-mail Dr. Irene Harwarth, team leader for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program, at irene.harwarth@ed.gov.

 

 

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