The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the 2006 grantees for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program. In total, 78 grants were awarded in 26 states. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and is the first program specifically aimed at upgrading school libraries since the original school library resources program was established in 1965. The Department of Education’s November 2005 evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program found it has been successful in improving the quality of school libraries. The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program is a competitive one-year grant for school districts in which at least 20 percent of the students are from families with incomes below the poverty line. When the funding levels are less than $100 million in a fiscal year, awards are given as competitive grants to eligible school districts. When funds are equal to or more than $100 million, the program will be distributed as formula grants to state departments of education.

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