Rep. Johnson: $700,000 headed to Rockdale schools

August 12, 2010
Press Release

LITHONIA, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) is pleased today to announce that he secured $700,000 for Rockdale County schools from the Department of Education.

Congressman Johnson requested the funding as part of the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Education appropriations bill.

rockdale_schools_web.jpgThe Rockdale County School System will receive $400,000 for its Office of Teaching and Learning, which will go toward the system’s Early Learning Initiative and $300,000 will go toward the program AVID – Advancement via Individual Determination.

“Helping schools and providing teachers and students with the resources they need to compete in a global marketplace is one of my main priorities,” said Rep. Johnson.

“As we work to turn this economy around and help boost job growth, it’s also important that we continue to provide our children and schools with the tools they need to be the innovators, scientists and business leaders of tomorrow.”

AVID helps level the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students by ensuring schools and teachers provide students with the rigorous instruction and curriculum needed to prepare them for success in high school and in postsecondary education. 

“We are excited about receiving these funds to assist with our early learning initiative and AVID programs,” said Dr. Samuel King, Superintendent of Rockdale County Public Schools.  “These research-based programs are helping children become strong, successful students with bright futures ahead of them.”

The funding will be for the period of Aug. 10, 2010 through Aug. 9, 2011.

Photo cutline: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) visits Heritage High School earlier this year with, from left, Schools Superintendent Dr. Samuel King, graduate Erika Darden, Assistant Superintendent Gene Baker and Heritage Principal Greg Fowler.

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