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LA School Nonprofit Receives $1.6 Million For Digital Learning Initiative

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit operating 22 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District 1, has been granted $1.6 million in funding for its digital learning initiative from a number of California-based foundations.

The Partnership for Los Angeles School's Digital Learning Initiative provides technology and educational software for schools that serve 17,000 low income students in the city.

The Digital Learning Initiative combines face-to-face instruction and student mentoring with online learning and independent study for a blended approach.

As the 22 schools that the Partnership operates are public schools, they have received the same budget cuts as all the public schools across the Los Angeles area. The Partnership is receiving the $1.6 million in funding from the Broad, OneWest, Riordan, Weingart, Whitman, and W.M. Keck Foundations.

The Partnership offered digital learning for math during the 2010-2011 academic year in several of the elementary schools it operates and, according to a statement released by the organization, "in grade levels where the program was fully implemented, students' California State Test scores increased over 25 percent and all schools involved in the pilot delivered meaningful gains on the CSTs."

The Partnership is offering digital learning in math at all of its schools for the 2011-2012 year, and digital learning for English in grades 6-12 in targeted classrooms at many schools. And for the 2012-2013 year, the Partnership will offer digital learning in English at all of its schools.

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