Missouri gets $54M to fix struggling schools

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 2:56 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Missouri is getting a $54 million federal grant to help turn around its most persistently low-performing schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced in a news release Monday that the money is part of the $3.5 billion federal stimulus funds that will be made available to states this spring.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the money will go to schools that consistently perform in the bottom 5 percent of the state, aren't showing signs of growth or have graduation rates below 60 percent.

To receive money, schools must take drastic action such as closing schools and transferring students to higher-achieving schools, or replacing the principal and rehiring no more than half the teachers.


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