Month: September 2011

DOE Announces GEAR UP Funding

Today, the Department of Education released the FY2011 slate of states and partnerships that will receive funding from the federal GEAR UP program. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, delivers college access and readiness services to low-income, primarily first generation students for a 6 or 7-year period, starting no later than 7th grade. GEAR UP serves approximately 750,000 students each year, and helps students achieve at or above grade level standards, understand the college admissions process including financial aid, and graduate high school prepared for college-level coursework. Nationally, GEAR UP students apply and enroll in post-secondary …

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GEAR UP Advocates For Families at Becerra Town Hall

A town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) at the New World Open Academy in Koreatown was attended by hundreds of constituents on Tuesday evening, most of whom had questions about the role he would play on a 12-member deficit reduction committee and how he would protect key programs. Becerra, whose district includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Mount Washington, Highland Park, Echo Park and Eagle Rock, is charged with helping to devise a plan to reduce the nation’s deficit by $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years. These reductions include all discretionary spending programs that …

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