$20.5 million to inform parents about their school choice options

The Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) provides $20.5 million to help eligible entities focus on assisting the parents of children who attend schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, or consortia of non-profit organizations, and local educational agencies (LEAs). LEAs alone are not eligible to apply for funding. The PIRC program supports school-based and school-linked parental information and resource centers that: (1) Help implement effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that will improve children’s academic achievement; (2) Develop and strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of children; (3) Develop and strengthen the relationship between parents and their children’s school; (4) Further the developmental progress of children assisted under the program; (5) Coordinate activities funded under the program with parental involvement initiatives funded under section 1118 and other provisions of the ESEA; and (6) Provide a comprehensive approach to improving student learning, through coordination and integration of federal, state, and local services and programs. The department expects to award 40 grants ranging from $200,000 to $700,000.

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