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November 6, 2012
On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire Glendale Unified School District, I would like to say “thank you” to the greater Glendale/La Crescenta/Sagebrush communities for the overwhelming support they showed for the District's Race to the Top grant application. The district received over 70 letters of support from a myriad of organizations. We decided to submit the 503-page grant to the federal government even without the signature of the teachers' union president. We choose to do this in our quest to find additional funding sources in order to prepare our students for their future.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Glendale officials are crossing their fingers as they await word on a federal application for $2.6 million to fund homeless services programs. Competition is tough as homeless service providers nationwide are demanding $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renew ongoing projects, but only $1.6 billion is available. That means some applicants won't get all the money they've requested, said Homeless Services Director Ivet Samvelyan at a City Hall meeting this week.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Although Glendale has used tens of millions of dollars on capital projects that benefit youth and families in the past decade, officials say there won't be many opportunities to continue that kind of spending in the near future. “The city currently would not have the resources to expand any youth programs and services,” Community Services & Parks Director Jess Duran said at City Hall meeting last week. “We are struggling to keep the same level of services.” Programs such as the library's Bookmobile, as well as case management for youth and families, have been reduced, Duran told the City Council, who were acting in their dual role as the Housing Authority.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
Glendale school officials are vying for a new federal grant to turn existing neighborhood schools into magnet sites. Under a new grant competition, the U.S. Department of Education will divvy up more than $96 million for districts to create magnet schools, but Glendale Unified officials say just 40 districts could win. District officials estimate schools would win an average of $2.5 million to spend each year for three years. In 2010, Glendale schools won a similar grant worth more than $7.4 million, which helped transform Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Keppel elementary schools into technology, foreign language and visual and performing arts magnets, respectively.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | January 20, 2010
CRESCENTA VALLEY — What began as a few parents and police officers promoting drug and alcohol awareness has continued growing and is poised to become a permanent force in the foothills. The group, the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, has seen more families come forward while it applies for federal grants to expand substance-free programs. “Before, we were trying to get a long-term presence, instead of just bits and pieces or a group popping up to fix a problem,” coalition President Howard Hakes said.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 1, 2012
Undeterred by the lack of support from the teachers union, Glendale Unified officials on Thursday said they're submitting a 503-page application for what could be $40 million in federal Race to the Top grant money. The decision to overnight the application despite a lack of support from the Glendale Teachers Assn. is not insignificant. Federal officials required local teachers unions to agree to the terms and conditions attached to the grant money, such as including student test scores in job evaluations.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | August 4, 2005
A $220,000 federal grant announced Wednesday will help bankroll the cost of replanting kelp forests along the Southern California coast, including off Newport Beach. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the grant to the California Coastkeeper Alliance. The alliance coordinates the activities of several groups that address issues of water quality. Kelp reforestation off Newport Beach started in 2001. Last year, the Orange County Coastkeeper, a water-quality organization, planted kelp in waters near Crystal Cove and Laguna Beach.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 2, 2012
Some educators show public service announcements to address bullying. At arts magnet Keppel Elementary, students are tasked with writing and producing their own. Under the leadership of art and media coach April Faieta, the school last month released a series of student-created videos aimed at educating other young people about the issue. “As a student, I hated sitting there being lectured at,” Faieta said. “My mind would often wander. I just think that kids are capable of doing so much, especially with the technology that we have, that to ask someone who is really bright to just sit there and listen to you - I just don't think that is the most effective way of teaching.” The PSAs were made possible in part by Keppel's share of a $7.5-million, three-year federal grant awarded to Glendale Unified in fall 2010.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Firefighters in Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena could soon be using new life-saving defibrillators after the coalition secured a $1.14-million federal grant.  Officials say paramedics in the three cities currently use outdated defibrillators, but the new 12-lead defibrillators capable of monitoring carbon monoxide and dioxide levels will improve patient treatment for better outcomes, according to city reports. The high-tech tools, which cost about $24,000 each, are used to deliver an electrical shock to the heart muscle in heart attack victims.
NEWS
April 6, 2012
Federal grant money first awarded to Mark Keppel Elementary School in 2010 came to life Friday in the form of “Bugz,” a musical theater performance staged by kindergarten and first-grade students. The show saw the budding actors sporting insect costumes and acting out scenes from international folk tales about bugs. Keppel has maintained a strong tradition in the visual performing arts. It was bolstered two years ago when it received a share of a three-year, $7.5-million federal grant awarded to Glendale Unified, and was designated a visual and performing arts magnet.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 14, 2013
A trend that has seen federal grants for social services in Glendale decreasing in the past several years looks to be continuing. The Jewel City expects to get $1.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2014-15, down from $2 million last year and $2.5 million the year prior. In 2011-12, the city got $3.4 million. Nonprofits that rely on the federal grants to help serve their clientele, such as the Armenian Relief Society and Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services agency, are working to deal with this new reality.
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NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | June 11, 2013
A nonprofit announced this week that it won a $6.1 million federal grant to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Glendale, Altadena and Pasadena over the next five years. The competitive grant handed down by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will expand Pacific Clinics' effort to assist children and their parents who are living on or below the federal poverty line with health care, nutrition, parenting and mental health services. "I really believe we're going to empower parents to empower themselves to be all that they can be for their children," said Wassy Tesfa, interim Head Start divisional director with Pacific Clinics.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 9, 2013
The Glendale Unified School District is going after a grant of almost $3 million to boost its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. The federal grant became available this spring as most states prepare to adopt new federal standards that further emphasize the programs, commonly known as STEM. Worth $2.99 million, the five-year grant would benefit Clark Magnet High School as well as Roosevelt, Rosemont, Toll and Wilson middle schools. As Glendale school officials wait for federal approval to turn in the grant's full application, they have submitted a seven-page pre-application and started considering how millions of dollars could benefit Glendale schools.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
During nearly six years on the bench at Compton Juvenile Court, Commissioner Catherine Pratt saw scores of children facing prostitution charges. The 1980 Glendale High School graduate made little progress on the cases - they came from impoverished, dysfunctional families and cycled through again and again. “It was very disheartening and, frankly, I wasn't looking at it the right way at the time,” said Pratt, also a product of Glenoaks Elementary and Wilson Middle schools. “I was frustrated with them.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
In another bid to enhance its system, Glendale Unified School District this week announced it is seeking a share of $96 million in federal grant funds to turn more of our neighborhood schools into magnet campuses. If its application for the U.S. Department of Education grant is successful, some $2.5 million could flow into the district annually for three years. Glendale Unified has demonstrated its ability to succeed at shape-shifting elementary school campuses in the very recent past.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
Glendale school officials are vying for a new federal grant to turn existing neighborhood schools into magnet sites. Under a new grant competition, the U.S. Department of Education will divvy up more than $96 million for districts to create magnet schools, but Glendale Unified officials say just 40 districts could win. District officials estimate schools would win an average of $2.5 million to spend each year for three years. In 2010, Glendale schools won a similar grant worth more than $7.4 million, which helped transform Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Keppel elementary schools into technology, foreign language and visual and performing arts magnets, respectively.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Glendale officials are crossing their fingers as they await word on a federal application for $2.6 million to fund homeless services programs. Competition is tough as homeless service providers nationwide are demanding $1.7 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renew ongoing projects, but only $1.6 billion is available. That means some applicants won't get all the money they've requested, said Homeless Services Director Ivet Samvelyan at a City Hall meeting this week.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Although Glendale has used tens of millions of dollars on capital projects that benefit youth and families in the past decade, officials say there won't be many opportunities to continue that kind of spending in the near future. “The city currently would not have the resources to expand any youth programs and services,” Community Services & Parks Director Jess Duran said at City Hall meeting last week. “We are struggling to keep the same level of services.” Programs such as the library's Bookmobile, as well as case management for youth and families, have been reduced, Duran told the City Council, who were acting in their dual role as the Housing Authority.
NEWS
November 26, 2012
In case there was any remaining shred of hope that Glendale Unified might stand a chance in a highly competitive federal grant program, the U.S. Department of Education on Monday wiped it clear. The finalists for the Race to the Top grant program, which could send up to $40 million over four years to winning school districts, were announced Monday -- and Glendale Unified was not on the list. In California, the finalists were Animo Leadership Charter High School, Galt Joint Union School District, Lindsay Unified and New Haven Unified.
NEWS
November 6, 2012
On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire Glendale Unified School District, I would like to say “thank you” to the greater Glendale/La Crescenta/Sagebrush communities for the overwhelming support they showed for the District's Race to the Top grant application. The district received over 70 letters of support from a myriad of organizations. We decided to submit the 503-page grant to the federal government even without the signature of the teachers' union president. We choose to do this in our quest to find additional funding sources in order to prepare our students for their future.
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