By Kim Minugh - firstname.lastname@example.org
July 5, 2008
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B2
WOODLAND – Woodland Joint Unified School District will get more than $875,000 in grant funding over the next three years for an English-language learner program that eventually could be a model for districts statewide.
It is one of 44 schools and districts receiving a total of $20 million as part of a California Department of Education effort to identify best practices for teaching English-language learners.
Agencies had to apply for the funding by outlining a program they have had in place for at least three years and presenting department officials with evidence of that program's results with English learners.
Each of the 44 schools and districts will receive $200 per English learner and must match that amount.
Each district will be evaluated by an independent evaluator, must collect data and report results to the department.
A final report will be compiled for the governor and the Legislature at the end of the three-year project.