Michigan Getting $16M to Help Lowest-Performing Schools

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Michigan is one of ten states to share in a $95 million grant to help its lowest-performing schools.

The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement on Thursday, as part of its "School Improvement Grants" program. Michigan will get $16,757,681.

"When schools fail, our children and neighborhoods suffer," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility, and represents a tremendous opportunity to improve the life chances of children. 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 a better education for students who need it the most."

Other states sharing in the grant include: Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.

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