HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia gets $7.7 million to help low-performing schools.
In a U.S. Department of Education press release, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Virginia will get more than $7 million to assist lowest achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program.
Michigan and Rhode Island accompany Virginia as the newest states to receive awards for a third year for implementing the SIG model in their public schools.
"When schools fail, our children and our neighborhoods suffer," Duncan said in the press release. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work, but it's our responsibility. We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community. These School Improvement Grants are helping some of the lowest-achieving schools provide better education for students who need it the most."
The press release also said that finding have shown many schools that get SIG grants have improved, and some of the greatest improvements have happened in small towns and rural communities.
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