homeless education


August 28th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Announces Grant Awards for Homeless Students

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, is pleased to announce the approval grant contracts to help homeless students. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved grant funding for 32 school districts and/or schools for Homeless Education Services. The grants will assist around 30,000 homeless students. The awarded grants help both rural and urban schools.

The federal funds for the program come from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. The Arizona Department of Education administers the program and grant application process. The Arizona State Board of Education approves the grants. Key goals include outreach to ensure school enrollment, retention and attendance. Access to participation in regular education programs for all homeless students is required.

“We are fortunate to have received this additional federal allocation,” said State Coordinator for Homeless Education Alexis Clermont. “It has allowed us to increase our expanded reach to schools. These extra funds mean that more schools and more of Arizona’s underserved children have equal access to a high-quality education.”

“It is important to me that the needs of all of our students are met,” said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “We know that these children are an especially vulnerable population. Not only have we been able to meet the needs of those currently on the program, we have also increased our aid to additional children.”

This is the first year of a three-year competitive grant. For more information about the Office of Homeless Education and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001, please visit www.azed.gov/homeless.

The following school districts and schools will receive grant funds:

Alhambra Elementary School District

American Charter, West Phoenix High School

Amphitheater Unified School District

Bullhead City School District

Chandler Unified School District

Concho Elementary School District

Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District

Creighton Elementary School District

Deer Valley Unified School District

Flagstaff Unified School District

Flowing Wells Unified School District

Glendale Union High School

Higley Unified School District

Kaizen Education Foundation dba Vista Grove Preparatory Academy Elementary

Marana Unified School District

Maricopa Unified School District

Maricopa County Regional School District

Mayer Unified School District

Mesa Unified School District

Osborn Elementary School District

Paradise Valley Unified School District

PAS Charter, Intelli-School

Phoenix Elementary School District

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

SC Jensen Co Intelli-School

Scottsdale Unified School District

Sunnyside Unified School District

Tolleson Elementary School District

Tolleson Union High School District

Tucson Unified School District

Washington Elementary School District

Williams Unified School District

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