News Release from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2007
Contact: Nick Almanza
(512) 463-0121

Senator Zaffirini Announces English Literacy and Civics Education Program Grant Awarded to Rio Grande City Independent School District

(AUSTIN) -- Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Monday) that Rio Grande City ISD will receive a $102,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency to support educational programs for persons with limited English proficiency. Two other academic institutions in Senator Zaffirini's District 21 received English Literacy and Civics Education Program grants, totaling $306,000 for the three institutions.

These grants will increase access to adult education and literacy services by incorporating English literacy and civics education programs. What's more, these programs greatly support persons with limited English language skills by allowing them to take advantage of the many opportunities created by cultural diversification and a multilingual environment.

"I am pleased that Rio Grande City ISD received this English Literacy and Civics Education Program grant and am proud of the deserving academic institutions that demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence in bilingual education," Senator Zaffirini said. "I look forward to the program's confirmation of the award and congratulate each institution for this important recognition."

Confirmation of the award is pending verification by the Texas Education Agency that the grants comply with statutory requirements and the intent and purposes of the grant program as applied to the academic institutions.

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