UPDATE: Computers for Youth Seeks Partner Schools for 2011-2012 School Year
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Computers for Youth (CFY), the nation's foremost leader in improving the Home Learning Environment of low-income school-children, will be expanding to serve more middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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02/26/2011 12:10:24 PM PST - About 2,500 sixth-grade students at four under- performing middle schools in Los Angeles will receive free computers loaded with educational software, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Saturday.
The schools are part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the city to improve the lowest performing schools.
The so-called Home Learning Centers will be provided by the national nonprofit Computers for Youth. The computers and software are worth about $1.5 million, according to the mayor's office.
Over three school years, all sixth grade families will participate in workshops where they will learn how to use the educational software on the Home Learning Center, which is theirs to take home at no cost.
Families will also have access to 24/7 bilingual help, desk support and free subscriptions to online educational software via an educational portal, MyHomeLearning.com.
The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Commerce grant through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The goal is to improve student outcomes by leveraging technology to extend classroom learning to the home.
"With this extraordinary gift of hardware, software, and training, Computers for Youth is ensuring that the learning doesn't end when the final school bell rings," Mayor Villaraigosa said.
"By focusing on middle schoolers, an age range where students are most susceptible to falling behind drastically, Computers for Youth is changing the lives of some of our city's neediest students at a critical point in their education," he said. "This program has a demonstrated track record of success in accelerating student achievement and parent engagement."
Michelle Hahn, executive director of Computers for Youth Los Angeles, said the group was thrilled to be partnering with the schools.
"Mayor Villaraigosa's vision for the neediest schools is exactly what Computers for Youth is all about -- helping low-income students succeed in school by providing students, parents, and educators with innovative opportunities to extend learning beyond the school day," she said.
smf: LAUSD Has about 45,000 6th graders. If 78% of them are Title One students then 35,100 qualify as socio-economically deserving – i.e. “needy”. 2500 kids in the so-called "mayor's schools" will get the benefit of this program. Last time I looked Mayor Tony was the mayor of ALL of LA – why is he promoting himself and not this program?
How is this different from separate+unequal?