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The Woodlawn Children’s Promise Zone was not one of the 21 non-profit organizations and higher education institutions chosen to receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The Woodlawn Children’s Promise Zone was not one of the 21 non-profit organizations and higher education institutions chosen to receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Led by Bishop Arthur Brazier, pastor emeritus of Apostolic Church of God, the WCPZ sought $25 million from the program to carry out its mission to improve the lives of 10,000 children living in the South Side community. The federal grants of up to $500,000 will support the work in a diverse set of communities in major metropolitan areas, small and medium-size cities, rural areas, and one Indian reservation. “These Promise Neighborhoods applicants are committed to putting schools at the center of their work to provide comprehensive services for young children and students,” Duncan said in a news release.   President Barack Obama has requested $210 million in his fiscal 2011 budget, including $200 million to support implementation of Promise Neighborhood projects and $10 million for planning grants for new communities. Organizations in the following states will receive planning grants: Arkansas, California (3), Georgia (2), Kentucky, Massachusetts (3), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York (3), Pennsylvania, Texas (2) and Washington, D.C. Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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