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Section 35a(10) of FY 23 State School Aid Act allocates $10,000,000 to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to administer and provide training of, in partnership with Lexia® Learning: LETRS (Grades K-3) or LETRS for Early Childhood Educators (LETRS EC) (Pre-K) to interested pre-K to grade 6 educators and pre-K-12 certified special education personnel with endorsements in learning disabilities, emotional impairments, or speech and language impairments.
Section 35a(4) of the FY 23 State School Aid Act provides $31,500,000 for early literacy coaches at ISDs to assist teachers in developing and implementing instructional strategies for pupils in grades Pre-K-3 so that pupils are reading at grade level by the end of Grade 3. Each ISD in the State is eligible to receive $112,500 per coach from the MDE.
Section 35a(5) of the FY 23 State School Aid Act provides $19,900,000 to districts for additional instructional time to pupils in Grades Pre-K-3 who have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions in order to be reading at grade level by the end of Grade 3.
The MDE received a 5-year $16 Million award for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The first year of funding totals $3,175,598 which will be dispersed to five subgrantee Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to build an educational and professional development literacy system to serve children and students from Birth to Grade 12. This award will specifically focus on high-need, geographically diverse LEAs located in Qualified Opportunity Zones.