Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry Announces Statewide Grant to Reduce School Dropouts

Wednesday, November 07, 2001  •  Press Release

AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry has announced a $168,146 State Criminal Justice Planning Fund Grant to the Behavioral Health Institute based in Waco. The grant, awarded by the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Office, will assist the institute with its efforts to reduce school failure, dropout rates and juvenile crime. The institute will also develop a statewide demonstration model for at-risk students.

The grant will benefit eighth and ninth graders from selected suburban, rural and urban school districts. The "Grand Central Station" learning lab will be implemented in selected schools to assess students' academic needs and to develop a supportive learning lab that provides small group instruction and technology assistance. Intensive instruction will provide students with coping skills and will emphasize family involvement and vocational guidance.

Each year, the Governor's Criminal Justice Division provides millions of dollars in grant funding to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime. CJD funds a variety of programs for juvenile justice, crime prevention and victims' services - all aimed at making Texas a safer place.

The Criminal Justice Division provides more than $140 million in annual funding to local, regional and statewide projects. Governor Perry's office currently provides more than $13 million in crime prevention, $13 million to projects that provide appropriate sanctions for youths who commit crimes and $40 million in grant funds to provide assistance and services directly to crime victims. CJD also funds a wide variety of projects for law enforcement agencies.

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