One of those districts is Folsom-Cordova which is getting $164,409. Judy Lewis with the district says they’ll use that money to help Russian-speaking immigrants in their high schools.
"Late arriving refugee youth really have a problem. They’ve had schooling in their own country, some of them come in and they don’t even know the Roman alphabet yet, but they’re educated in Russian and they have one, two or three years to get enough English to pass the Exit Exam and it’s really a struggle."
She says the money will help pay for high-intensity literacy and vocabulary classes held on the weekends.
Other local districts getting money include Sacramento City, Grant Union and San Juan. The grants come from the state Department of Education.