Charter School Backers Focus On Getting Funds

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Guam- The process of establishing Guam’s charter schools continues to move forward as education officials seek much needed grant funding.

National Institute for Direct Instruction Coordinator Donna Dwiggins spoke before the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay Tuesday on developing Charter Schools on island. She says the main goal now is to finish the grant application before the end of the month. She adds Guam is competing against other states for a grant that provides $200 thousand dollars annually for 3 years.

“The primary thing is to get a grant finished by August 25” said Dwiggins. “And that is a grant to the federal government and it’s special monies set aside for charter schools to fund development and implementation phases of charter schools.”

Dwiggins also spoke on the 8th year that direct instruction is being taught in 11 of Guam’s schools. She mentions there is research to show how to accelerate students that are ready to move on and also meet the needs of those that require more repetitive, in depth learning opportunities.