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Pa. districts and community groups get $23 million to support at-risk youth

The Pennsylvania recipients of a major federal grant program aimed at supporting at-risk youth were announced today by Gov. Corbett and his wife, Susan.

Sixty-four school districts and community-based organizations across the state will receive $23 million in three-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. The grants will help support out-of-school time programs that give academic support to students from underperfoming schools and high-poverty areas, who are at risk of dropping out or disengaging from school.

More than a third of that money will go to 23 grantees based in Philadelphia, a mix of community organizations and charter schools. (See the list of Philadelphia grantees below.)

But who was not a grantee this year? The School District of Philadelphia. The reason, according to Vicki Ellis, the District’s strategic partnerships director, is that the District did not apply, opting instead to play the role of coordinator.

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