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Wyoming receives federal literacy grant that could total $43.3 million over five years

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Education said on Wednesday that the state has been awarded a federal “Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy” grant.

“Year one funding for Wyoming will be $8.6 million,” the WDE said. “With continued eligibility over the next five years, the total could reach $43.3 million.”

The WDE and Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow will hold a media conference at 11 am Friday to discuss the grant.

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The grant “will be used to create a comprehensive state literacy program to advance literacy skills — including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing — for students from birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities,” the WDE adds. “The grant will strengthen educator skills in teaching literacy and work to improve literacy outcomes for all students.”

“Particular attention will be given to schools identified as high need due to lower reading scores on state assessments.”