GEAR UP funding

Increase in GEAR UP 2016 Funding Announced

GEAR UP Community, this announcement was recently shared by our Washington DC partners, the National Council For Education and Community Partnerships as it relates to an increase in 2016 GEAR UP funding. Celebrate!   I am exceptionally pleased to share that moments ago, the President signed the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations package. Included in the FY 2016 appropriations is a $21.1 million increase for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative, which will bring overall funding to $322,754,000.As we have been discussing and reporting in the NCCEP Digests since last summer, this has been a …

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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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Speak Up for GEAR UP: Sign the Petition

Just before leaving for their August recess, members of Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011. While the full implications of the Act are not yet clear, one thing is crystal clear: GEAR UP is at risk. When Congress re-convenes in early September to pick up their budget and appropriations work, they’ll be tasked with cutting billions of dollars from the federal budget. GEAR UP and other college access programs may well be on the chopping block. Our members of Congress and the Obama administration need to hear from each and every American concerned about college access and committed …

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Action Alert: Contact Washington Week

Contact the House and Senate Leadership, YOUR Members of Congress and the White House every day through August 2, and demand they protect GEAR UP. The debt ceiling debate rages on in Washington, DC. Negotiations between the White House and Congress collapsed last week. Now, both the House and Senate leadership are pursuing two separate plans to raise the debt ceiling before August 2, when America’s borrowing authority reaches its legal limit, resulting in default. As you can see, things are evolving very rapidly as time runs out and only three things are certain: Both Republicans and Democrats are aware …

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Action Alert: Call Congress and Save GEAR UP

(Click on call script above to enlarge and download.) As you know, the environment in Washington is quite heated with the Administration and Congress negotiating how to pare down the federal deficit. A number of rumors are swirling around town and the only thing that is certain is that all non-security programs – including GEAR UP -are at risk of being severely reduced or cut altogether. In the coming days the GEAR UP community is organizing advocacy measures directed at the House of Reps, Senate, and the White House. Here is the schedule: Wednesday, July 13 – U.S. House of …

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TRIO and GEAR UP to Shut Down Washington!

ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT! Dear TRIO and GEAR UP Colleagues: As you know, the environment in Washington is quite heated with the Administration and Congress negotiating how to pare down the federal deficit. A number of rumors are swirling around town and the only thing that is certain is that all non-security programs – including TRIO and GEAR UP – are at risk. We know our programs work. We know they make a tremendous difference in the lives of all of the students we touch. Many on Capitol Hill know this as well, but the nature of the …

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Education Trust Awards Season is Here

Pictured: Ambassadors Program: The California GEAR UP Educational Trust Award is unique in that it is given during the middle grades, as early motivation for students and their families. This $2,000 award is tangible evidence of our belief that with support and encouragement, college is not only possible, but attainable for all students. The Ambassador program was created so that Trust Award recipients now in college can share their experiences with middle school students, middle school staff, and other organizations. The California GEAR UP model provides school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career …

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Gov Shutdown Looms, GEAR UP Funding in Jeopardy

As part of a plan to slash more than $100 billion from the president’s proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2011, House Republicans have passed a bill that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Education by $4.9 billion, an 8 percent reduction compared to 2010 spending. In an article in Education Week, Joel Packer, former director of educational policy and practice at the National Education Association said the House cuts “absolutely would be the largest cuts ever in history for education programs.” Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said in a statement: The GOP approach “would …

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Ed Chief Praises California GEAR UP Success at Tincher

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held a round table discussion at California GEAR UP distinguished school Tincher Prep yesterday in Long Beach. The purpose of his visit was to learn best practices of the school and to hear how Tincher has been so successful in creating distributed leadership and a school community working for the same goals. Principal Bill Vogel said it best: “You give teachers choice in their professional development, you let them lead the direction of the school, and you let the school have discretion in how to best serve their students.” The teachers chose to participate …

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