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Del. Wins Federal School Climate Grant

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By Tianna Beckles

DOVER, Del.— The Delaware Department of Education has received a federal grant intended to improve school climate in buildings across the state. Delaware’s grant was one of among 130 grants totaling $70 million awarded to schools by the Department of Education.

The school climate grant is one of four grant programs under the Obama administration's “Now Is the Time Plan." This plan aims to make schools safer, reduce gun violence, and increase mental health services.

“For our children to be able to concentrate and learn, they must feel safe and protected in our schools,” Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “This grant will help us make systematic improvements that will make a difference for children at the classroom level.”

Delaware’s project is collaboration between the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project at the University of Delaware and Delaware public schools. The project will result in the creation of multiple tools for assessing school climate with the overall goal of improving the quality and character of school life as it relates to social norms, values, interpersonal relations and social interactions.

Delaware’s grant has first-year funding of $458,660 and will span five years , with a total potential award of $2,297,739.
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