Elizabeth School District receives grant for partnership

Governor announced first round of recipients on Nov. 10

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Posted 11/12/20

The Elizabeth School District has been named a recipient of money through the Response, Innovation and Student Equity (RISE) Fund program. The awarding of the first round of funds was announced Nov. …

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Elizabeth School District receives grant for partnership

Governor announced first round of recipients on Nov. 10

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The Elizabeth School District has been named a recipient of money through the Response, Innovation and Student Equity (RISE) Fund program. The awarding of the first round of funds was announced Nov. 10 in a news release by Gov. Jared Polis' office.

In September, Polis announced the $32.7 million RISE fund supports "high-needs school districts, charter schools and public institutions of higher education to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19 in a manner that creates sustainable innovations that improve student learning, close equity gaps, and enhance operational efficiency for pre-K-12 through higher education," the release states.

The Elizabeth School District was awarded $555,909 for a partnership between Big Sandy, Calhan, Elbert and the Colorado Education Initiative to develop intentional career pathways in cybersecurity, construction and agriculture. 

"As a coalition of rural and small rural districts, ensuring our students have access to innovative learning experiences has been a well-known challenge,” Elizabeth Schools Superintendent Douglas Bissonette said in the release. “Support from the RISE Education Fund will allow us to put our community-led plan to implement new work-based learning opportunities and expose students to in-demand pathways into action. We are grateful for the opportunity to create long-term, sustainable change for our communities.”

All of the recipients were chosen by a group of parents, students and education leaders. 

"These initial recipients of the RISE Fund represent a diverse and forward-focused group of organizations that are each uniquely positioned to support the students and communities who have been hit hardest by COVID," said Mike Johnston, chair of the RISE grant selection committee and CEO of Gary Community Investments. "These innovative leaders will not only help us find solutions to the crises created by COVID, but will also envision and build new approaches to solving some of the long-standing educational inequities that need powerful, fresh ideas built from the ground up."

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