More than a million dollars will be shared between schools in Kansas, Florida and New York. The money will be given by the U.S. Department of Education to help character development and citizenship responsibilities in students. This was announced by the U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on Friday.
The grants are called Partnerships in Character Education Program awards that will last up to four years. They are eligible to state and local education agencies to put together character education programs that teach children about civics, citizenship, justice, responsibility and respect for others, as well as for themselves.
Recipients of the grant need to show how they have implemented these core values into teacher training, as well as into classroom instruction.
The program also must involve parents, students and the community as part of the process.
The aim of the project to help students develop positive character, reduce discipline problems and improve academic achievement.