Murphy, DOE announce $2.5M ‘learning loss’ grant program for schools

Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education announced this week they are creating a $2.5 million grant program aimed at reducing “learning loss” among state students resulting from COVID-related school closures.

The Addressing Student Learning Loss grants will fund programs in public schools, including charter and renaissance schools, in 16 districts, the Governor’s Office said in a news release. Each district will receive approximately $156,000 from federal CARES Act funds.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning loss among our students is one of the most significant challenges faced by schools throughout New Jersey,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “With this program, among other efforts from the department, we are committed to closing the gap for vulnerable students who may have fallen behind by helping districts implement exemplar programs in their own schools, as well as providing additional resources to ensure that every student receives the high-quality education that they deserve.”

Grants will fund evidence-based interventions or instructional strategies in math, English language arts, and/or social or emotional learning supports, the state said.

Interested districts must apply by Jan. 21. Click here for more information.