NM Low Performing Schools Get Federal Help

New Mexico – New Mexico has been awarded more than $28 million in federal recovery money to help improve low-performing schools.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the funding to the state Public Education Department. Low-performing schools from across New Mexico are eligible to apply for the funds.

Public Education Secretary Veronica Garcia says she wants to see dramatic improvements for these schools. She says local decisions about school leadership, instructional delivery and professional development must be focused on improving student achievement.

The department says some school districts made preliminary applications for between $50,000 and $2 million a year that would be used over three years to make improvements.

Final applications are due next week, and the winners will be announced in May.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.