(Las Vegas, NV) — The Public Education Foundation along with its partners are looking to reduce the disparity of inner city schools and five-star schools in Clark County. The City of Las Vegas, Clark County School District and Three Square have partnered with the PEF.

The program, called Literacy Liftoff started during the 2012-13 school year at Rex Bell and Matt Kelly Elementary with 96  first grade students participating. Of those students, over 62% showed measurable growth in literacy.

“What we are looking at is teacher education and teacher selecation, as well as working with the parents. But starting at that young age (4-6) is critical, “says Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Because of the success of the program, the Las Vegas City Council approved a two-year extension through the 2014-15 school year.

During the upcoming school year 34 students at Rex Bell and Matt Kelly Eelementary Schools will be part of the Literacy Liftoff. There will be one licensed teacher, one instructional assistant per class as well as a site administrator at each school.

“For 14-years we will have no more dropouts. We will have no more issues with graduation failures and we will have solved the problem of education issues in the inner city, says Goodman.

The program will have kids as young as four-years old involved.

The priorities of the City of Las Vegas include, among other things, Community Pride with focus areas related to increasing reading proficiency to 80% in grade three and increasing the high school graduation rate to 75%.

The funding, of which $14,275 is sourced from the Office of Administrative Services and $185,725 from Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, for The Public Education Foundation will provide for an early childhood literacy program.


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