Communities In Schools Loses Major Grant That Funds College ReadinessRivard Report

The federal government has opted not to renew a $400,000-a-year grant that has enabled Communities In Schools-San Antonio (CISSA) to prepare South San Antonio High School students for college.

City Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4), who benefitted from the TRiO Upward Bound college readiness program as a South San High School student, said Monday he is working to encourage businesses and philanthropists to support what he deems “a vital educational program.”

CISSA had been a recipient of the U.S Department of Education program’s funding for more than 20 years. The Upward Bound grant, up for renewal every five years, specifically helps high school students from low-income families and those aspiring to be the first in their family to attend college.