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Kerry, Kennedy, Frank, McGovern Announce former Quaker Fabric workers will receive emergency grant from Dept. of Labor

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Location: Newton, MA

Kerry, Kennedy, Frank, McGovern Announce former Quaker Fabric workers will receive emergency grant from Dept. of Labor

Newton, MA—Congressman Barney Frank, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator John F. Kerry today announced that Dartmouth Public Schools, and specifically, Dartmouth High School, will receive $695,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Lawmakers had urged the U.S. Department of Education to approve the application submitted by the Dartmouth Public Schools.

This grant, issued under the Smaller Learning Communities Program, will fund the establishment of a Freshman Academy, institute advisories and train English teachers how to teach college-level writing programs. The funding will be implemented over the next four years beginning on October 1, 2007

"I am pleased to learn that Dartmouth has received this funding. This grant will allow teachers and staff to give students individual and small group sessions to ensure students are on track to achieve the most out of their high school education," said Congressman Barney Frank.

The Smaller Learning Communities Grant Program is designed to encourage large high schools to undertake research-based strategies in developing and implementing smaller learning environments. Local educational agencies are eligible to apply on behalf of an individual large high school or a group of large high schools.

"I'm delighted that the Dartmouth Public Schools are receiving this well-deserved federal funding to improve student skills in English, math, science and social studies," said Senator Kennedy. "A sound foundation in these subjects is essential for their success in college and throughout their lives."

"The benefits of smaller learning communities within large public high schools such as Dartmouth High School are enormous," Senator Kerry said. "Students get more individual mentoring, teachers are able to connect with students more easily and administrators are able to better tailor the curriculum to the needs and demographics of the community. This funding offers the teachers and staff at Dartmouth High School an opportunity to implement the programs and initiatives that will shape the learning experience at the school for the next decade and beyond."

The funding awarded today will allow Dartmouth High School to proceed with the first Freshman Academy: a rigorous curriculum aimed at raising the level of student accomplishment in English, mathematics, science and social studies courses required under the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). Further, this funding will be used to raise awareness of the relevance of high school education to post-secondary education and careers; train all English teachers in the focused instruction of college-level writing, in collaboration with professors at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth; provide a safety-net system to ensure all students succeed with academics, conduct and attendance; and increase the opportunities for students to earn post-secondary credit during their high school studies.

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