West Alabama charter gets $1.2M federal grant
LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) — A new charter school operating at the University of West Alabama has received a federal grant of nearly $1.2 million.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that the grant for University Charter School covers a five-year period and is part of a program to increase the number of high-quality charter school nationwide.
The school is in its first year of operation with about 300 students in Livingston, where it’s the only racially mixed public school in Sumter County. County schools are virtually all-black, and many whites attend private schools.
The head of University Charter, J.J. Wedgeworth, says the school will use the grant to innovate and to implement its charter school model.
The school’s mission statement says it has an integrated, project-based curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.