09.12.06

Schumer Announces $150,000 Coming To Syracuse City School District

Funds Will Be Used To Improve The Education of Underserved Students By Expanding Advanced Placement Curriculum

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a $150,000 grant has been awarded to the Syracuse City School District in Onondaga County by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Incentive Program. The school district will use funding to allow more lowincome students to participate in Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

This is great news for Syracuse City Schools, said Schumer. This funding will allow more students to challenge themselves and get the most out of their education. Gaining these skills will help participating students succeed in higher education and in life.

The Syracuse City School District will use federal funds to develop, refine, and disseminate a comprehensive program to raise the academic expectations and achievement of underserved students across the school district. This project proposes to implement an Advanced Placement Incentive (API) Program that revitalizes the districts 10 middle school programs and four high school programs. The API Program will benefit approximately 11,000 students, 280 teachers, 40 counselors and 30 administrators in each of the three project years.

DOE Incentive Program grants support activities designed to increase the participation of lowincome students in both preAP and AP courses. These grants support the development, enhancement, or expansion of AP courses in mathematics, science, English, and other core academics. Funding will be used for promoting professional development for teachers, curriculum development, purchasing books and supplies, and other activities directly related to expanding access to and participation in AP courses and tests for lowincome students.



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