W.Va. receives $3 million School Improvement Grant

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W.Va. receives $3 million School Improvement Grant
By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is among six states to receive School Improvement Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The state will receive $3,177,082, which will be distributed to its lowest-performing schools.

Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Virginia and the District of Columbia also will receive funding.

School Improvement Grants are awarded to school districts "that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to provide adequate resources to substantially raise student achievement in their lowest-performing schools," according to a U.S. Department of Education release.

Twenty-five of the state's schools that have been identified as "priority schools" will have the opportunity to apply for a portion of the funding, West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro said.

"Probably only a handful of those will actually get the money," Cordeiro said.

Of the schools that have been labeled as "priority" by the state, four, including Watts Elementary, are not eligible to apply because they have already received SIG money.

Under the Obama administration, the SIG program has invested up to $2 million per school at more than 1,500 of the country's lowest-performing schools.

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