US grant to assist low-performing W.Va. schools

CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced a grant totaling $3.1 million to help West Virginia turn around some of its lowest-achieving schools.

The so-called school improvement grants are aimed at assisting school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds, as well as a commitment to raise student achievement.

Duncan said the funding represents a “tremendous opportunity” for persistently struggling schools to provide a better education for their students.

West Virginia is among six states and the District of Columbia that are receiving grants. The grants total $38 million.

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