Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) is pleased to announce that the Clover Park school district, the Renton school district and the Highline school district have received funding through the federal Smaller Learning Communities Program. The purpose of the program is to promote academic achievement through the planning, implementation or expansion of small, safe and successful learning environments in large public high schools.

“This funding is an important step in continuing to fund our public education system,” said Smith. “This funding will help ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to college and careers.”

The grants range from $149,000 to more than $1.2 million and will be issued over a one to three-year period. The grants will be used to implement smaller learning programs at large public high schools and will be used to implement programs that will go towards improving student achievement levels in math and reading.