In 1997, Geoffrey Canada founded Harlem Children's Zone, a comprehensive system of programs and charter schools designed to help Harlem children succeed. Children enter the program as infants and graduate college-bound. In just over 10 years, Canada revolutionized a broken education system in a community where poverty and drop out rates ran high.
The program's incredible success has made Canada one of the nation's leading advocates in education reform. Canada is profiled in Davis Guggenheim's education documentary, "Waiting For 'Superman.' "
Now, the federal government has announced Canada's program will be reproduced in 20 communities across America.
The New York Post reports,
President Obama has requested $200 million in his fiscal 2011 budget to help implement the 21 projects that are being planned this year, along with $10 million for additional planning grants.
"The winners announced today will deliver a broad array of services to help all young people thrive academically, earn their high-school diploma, go on to college, and reach for their dreams," he said.
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