The FY13 Massachusetts state budget includes $3.5 million in new funding to support the implementation of the Gateway Cities Education Agenda, and in particular, strategies focused on supporting English language learners and increasing career readiness for high school students.
The FY 13 budget includes$3 million in competitive grants to operate English Language Learners Enrichment Academies that will give middle and high school ELLs more time to acquire English language skills. Grants will be awarded to operate Summer English Learning Academies during the summer of 2013 that will provide middle and high school English language learners in their communities with high-intensity, tailored learning opportunities. Grants will also be awarded to operate Summer English Learning Academies plus supplementary enrichment programs during the spring of 2013 including after-school sessions, Saturday programs, or sessions during the April school vacation week. The summer academies will offer full-day services to students for at least four days per week and four consecutive weeks. All academies will be geared toward middle and high school students classified as English language learners and will accelerate students’ acquisition of English language and literacy skills in varied learning environments. Grantees will be awarded up to $350,000.