KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $4.17 million to New Mexico to help turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools.
The state Public Education Department used some $11.3 million in federal funds last year to help nine schools in the first phase of the school improvement grant project.
Those schools are required to demonstrate improved student achievement and continuing professional development for teachers and administrators.
The $4.17 million in second phase money will allow more schools to be added to the program.
Nine more schools were eligible to apply for the funds, but only four of them applied.
The state education agency will decide in the next two to three weeks which schools will get funding.
The funds are part of $546 million available to states this fiscal year.
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