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Monday, July 16, 2018

State innovation grant awarded to Justice High School

Justice High School is the only Fairfax County public school to receive a 2018 high school innovation grant from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

The $50,000 grant covers the second year of funding to support a program at Justice High School that prepares students with limited English language skills to succeed academically and professionally.

The program is aimed at meeting the instructional needs of English language learners with little formal education while providing them with opportunities for mentoring, career exploration, and internships. It focuses on literacy, numeracy, and workforce readiness.

The high school innovation grant program was proposed by Northam’s predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, and was approved by the state legislature in 2015. The grants are designed to support school districts as they prepare high school students for the 21st century workforce by offering workplace skills, career planning opportunities, and citizenship skills.

In addition to Justice, innovation grants for the 2018-19 school year were awarded to schools in Chesterfield, Cumberland, Montgomery, and Rockbridge counties; the cities of Staunton, Manassas Park; and Radford; and the town of West Point.

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