Over $1.2 Million to Help Homeless Arizona Students Approved – 30,000 Homeless Students to Benefit

Published: August 30th, 2017

(Phoenix, Ariz., August 28, 2017) – 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