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LA Unified receives $13 million to help expose students to college

Craig Clough | September 25, 2014

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LA UnifiedLAUSD exposing student to college has won a $13 million federal grant intended to expose low-income students to college. The grant will span over seven years and benefit 2,000 students currently in the sixth- and seventh-grades, according to City News Service.

The schools involved in the grant are Berendo Middle School, the Helen Bernstein Complex, Le Conte Middle School, the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Complex, West Adams Preparatory High School and Young Oak Kim Academy.

The grant comes from the Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), which will provide the students with tutoring, counseling, financial aid and campus visits, and track them through their first year of college, according to the story.

“Preparing our students for college is a priority for this district,” LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy told City News Service. “The GEAR UP program targets youngsters from low-income families who would be the first-generation college graduates.”

This is the second GEAR UP grant to LA Unified, which was also awarded $21 million to benefit 4,000 students in 2011.

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