by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Education Secretary Arne Duncan met with superintendents of the outlying areas in a teleconference on Wednesday to reiterate the Obama Administration's commitment to Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. DOE Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood says Duncan informed them of a new initiative that will enable outlying areas, often left out, to compete for $30 million in federal funding.
"It's a grant for which we can open our schools and provide more of a wrap around service for our students so that we will allow other government agencies to come in and provide support for our high needs areas. They're looking at opening up the schools afterwards for the community to come in and so on," she explained.
Meanwhile, Guam's request to switch over $60 million of ARRA funding to local funding is still under review by the USDOE. Underwood says the fed's approval would ensure that every single penny of that money will be spent without having a September 30 deadline to do so.