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June 26, 2018
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New York State Education Department Awards $28.5 Million in Federal Grants to Lift Student Achievement

Districts to Use Grants to Provide a Well-Rounded Education, Provide Safe and Healthy School Environments and Improve Digital Literacy

The New York State Education Department awarded $28.5 million in Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants to 38 school districts, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today. The grants, newly authorized under Title IV of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, will help build state and local capacity to lift the academic achievement of students throughout the State.

“These grants provide flexible funding to districts, so they can decide where the money can best be used to lift student achievement,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “For too long, we’ve seen a narrowing of the curriculum in our schools – but these grants are aimed at once again providing students with a more well-rounded education.”

“These grants have the potential to make our students healthier and safer, more well-rounded, and more tech-savvy,” said Commissioner Elia. “By providing added flexibility in the use of the grants, districts are empowered to fund activities that make the most sense for their schools and students.”

The SSAE program is intended to increase the capacity of the state Education Department, local school districts, schools and communities to provide students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to lift the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Districts that receive grant awards must prioritize funding to schools based on one or more of the following criteria. The schools must:

  • be among those with the greatest needs (as determined by the district);
  • have the highest percentages of low-income students;
  • be identified for comprehensive support and improvement;
  • have consistently underperforming subgroups of students; or
  • be identified as a persistently dangerous school.

The grant term runs through September 30, 2019.

The Department awarded grants in three content areas: (1) Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities; (2) Safe and Healthy Students; and (3) Effective Use of Technology.

SSAE Awards: Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities

School District Amount Awarded

Beacon City School District


Buffalo City School District


East Ramapo Central School District (Spring Valley)


Hamilton Central School District


Hornell City School District


Indian River Central School District


Lyons Central School District


Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District


Newfane Central School District


Olean City School District


Rochester City School District


Tonawanda City School District


Windsor Central School District




SSAE Awards: Safe and Healthy Students

School District Amount Awarded

Attica Central School District


Brentwood Union Free School District


Buffalo City School District


East Ramapo Central School District (Spring Valley)


Sodus Central School District


Yonkers City School District




SSAE Awards: Effective Use of Technology

School District Amount Awarded

Alexander Central School District


Amityville Union Free School District


Auburn City School District


Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School


Charter School of Educational Excellence


East Ramapo Central school District (Spring Valley)


Evergreen Charter School


Fillmore Central School District


Fulton City School District


Genesee Valley Central school District


Glens Falls Common School District


Groton Central School District


New York City Chancellors Office


Niagara Charter School


Pembroke Central School District


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School


Syracuse City School District


Valley Stream 30 Union Free School District


Watertown City School District





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