South Carolina's $1,685,180 Safe and Supportive School grant makes it one of 11 states to receive a total of $38.8 million in these awards, the department said in a news release. Georgia was not one of the recipients.
"It's important that we be able to measure school safety," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. "These grants will allow states to do that by surveying the real experts-students themselves."
Funds may be used by state education agencies to develop measurement systems to assess conditions for learning within individual schools, including school safety, and to make this information publicly available. Using this data, the grant recipients will work in collaboration with participating local educational agencies to improve the learning environment within schools facing the biggest challenges.
The grant program is managed by the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, ensure the health and well being of students, teach students good citizenship and character, respond to crisis, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. The office also coordinates the department's efforts in these areas with other federal agencies.