Dearborn Public Schools has received a $2.6 million grant to provide additional academic support for students.
The MI Kids Back on Track grant will help pay for additional intervention for students. Schools have planned programs to run before, during and after school and/or during the summer based on available staffing and existing programs. These funds are designed to address unfinished learning, get students to grade-level academic standards, provide additional academic assistance to students at risk of falling behind their peers, or help high school students prepare for postsecondary education. Most of the district’s 37 schools will have access to some grant funds. Schools not using the funds have similar programs in place.
For high school students, the funding will be used to provide additional support to ensure students are staying on track to graduate. Dearborn Public Schools already has a 96 percent high school graduation rate, and the grant will continue to support that success.
At the elementary and middle school level, the funding will be used for additional small group support for students who need extra academic assistance. Like many districts, Dearborn Public Schools uses a multi-tiered support system (MTSS) where students receive different levels of instruction based on their needs. All students receive Tier I standard instruction. Tier II and Tier III are more intensive support such as additional small group instruction. The grant helps provide more Tier II and Tier III support. The district will be using retired teachers to provide the additional assistance funded by the grant.
Parents who feel their child needs additional academic support are encouraged to contact the child’s teacher or the principal at their student’s school.
“As a district we are always looking for grants and other ways to help our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko. “We are glad to receive this state grant to strengthen the support we can provide students who may be struggling in the classroom.”