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Nassau BOCES awarded nearly $2.2 million in grants

Nassau BOCES' other recently awarded grants:

New York SED Learning Technology Grant - $50,000 This three-year grant will allow Freeport and Roosevelt along with two non-public schools to improve student achievement through the integration of learning technologies in the classroom. It is geared towards special education and English language learners.

New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Grant - $146,936 For the second year in a row, Nassau BOCES has been awarded funds to help our districts improve their records management practices. Our Document Imaging team will work with districts to scan their existing documents into a state of the art management system.


Agency awarded $2 million in funding to help 13 Long Island school districts build virtual AP classes

Nassau BOCES was recently awarded a $2 million grant by the New York State Department of Education to develop, implement and provide universal access to online Advanced Placement (AP) courses for Long Island's low-income students.

"This is exciting news for Nassau BOCES, Long Island school districts and hundreds of students who will benefit from the federal Race to the Top grant award," said Dr. Thomas Rogers, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. "Nassau BOCES is proud to be the regional leader in providing thousands of Long Island students with access to educational opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. By taking our initiatives a step further in creating and providing low-income students unconditional access to online AP courses, we can significantly provide them the ability to learn by using the same tools as their peers, which would otherwise be inaccessible due to financial constraints.”

Nassau BOCES will lead the consortium, which includes Eastern Suffolk BOCES and Western Suffolk BOCES, in the two-year plan overseeing the professional development and implementation of online AP courses in high need districts. This initiative also will allow districts with students from low-income families the opportunity to improve student access to virtual learning Advanced Placement courses through the purchasing of hardware, courseware and other essential items needed to facilitate student participation in and out of the classroom. The New York SED Virtual Learning Initiative funding will benefit five Nassau County school districts: Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Roosevelt and West Hempstead and eight Suffolk County school districts, Amityville, Deer Park, North Babylon, West Babylon, Wyandanch, Bridgehampton, South Country and Southampton.

"New York already has a good percentage of students taking AP classes and tests," stated New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. "But, unfortunately, low-income students don't always get the chance to take AP courses. And those courses are crucial for admission to and success in college.”

Nassau BOCES received the largest grant out of the 17 school districts or BOCES-led consortia throughout New York State. A total allocation of $17.36 million in funding was available under the New York State Department of Education's Virtual Advanced Placement Program.