Safe Schools grant to Balto.: $2.6 million


The Baltimore school system will receive $2.6 million this year to help identify troubled youths and prevent violence at 10 city schools under a grant announced yesterday by President Clinton in his weekly radio address.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings delivered the news yesterday at Lake Clifton Eastern High School during a summit with parents, politicians and educators who gathered to brainstorm plans for making classrooms safer and encouraging parents to become a larger part of their children's education.

The federal grant is part of Clinton's Safe Schools/Healthy Schools Initiative, which this year will dole out $106 million to 54 school districts nationwide.

Baltimore was among hundreds of communities that applied for help in developing local programs to attack youth violence.

The money will be used to expand school system programs with the Baltimore Mental Health Systems, city police department and state Department of Juvenile Justice. The grant, which will be made available Oct. 1, is likely to be renewed for two years, Cummings said.

Two city middle schools and eight elementary schools will initially benefit from the grant, officials said. They did not identify which schools would receive the grant money.

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