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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA ONE OF 57 IN NATION RECOGNIZED FOR CHAPTER 1 PROGRAM

 SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA ONE OF 57
 IN NATION RECOGNIZED FOR CHAPTER 1 PROGRAM
 PHILADELPHIA, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the School District of Philadelphia's federally funded Chapter 1 Program as being "unusually effective" and has cited two Philadelphia Chapter 1 schools -- Dick and Cramp elementary schools -- for having exemplary and unique Chapter 1 efforts.
 The School District of Philadelphia is one of only 57 districts so recognized throughout the country.
 Representatives of the Dick and Cramp schools will be honored at the May 5 National Meeting of Chapter 1 Directors, to be held in Orlando, Fla.
 Chapter 1, one of the largest federally funded programs, provides about $6 billion annually to promote basic skills achievement among children who are not achieving at a grade level appropriate to their ages. Under the regular component of Chapter 1, participating schools are declared eligible based upon economic criteria of the communities they serve; student participation is determined by educational criteria. However, the School District of Philadelphia is a pioneering participant in a newer component of Chapter 1, known as Schoolwide Projects. Under this segment of the program, a school may be eligible if 75 percent or more of its students fall below federally determined income guidelines. In Chapter 1 schools, once the school is declared eligible, the determination as to which children are served by Schoolwide Projects activities can be made on criteria determined by the school "family." In Schoolwide Projects, school staff and the community have a key role in determining how the grant dollars to the school from the Chapter 1 Program are to be spent. They have much greater flexibility in these decisions than Chapter 1 schools which are under the regular -- rather than the Schoolwide Projects -- component.
 Dick Elementary School, which is located at 24th and Diamond streets, is known for its extended school year program, in which students, who wish to attend after the close of the regular school year, may obtain 11 months of educational services.
 Cramp Elementary School, at Howard and Ontario streets, has used its Chapter 1 funds to develop and implement a literature-based whole language curriculum. The school recently held a week-long celebration of the works of Dr. Seuss, with celebrity "readers" and the principal making a special appearance as "The Cat in the Hat."
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 /CONTACT: William C. Thompson of the School District of Philadelphia, 215-299-7850/ CO: School District of Philadelphia ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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