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Mon March 1, 2010

School Grant Money

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Low-achieving Okla. schools could get grant money

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) If they meet requirements, the lowest performing schools in Oklahoma could receive up to $2 million each as part of a federal grant program.

The program is designated for the "persistently lowest achieving" schools. Assistant state superintendent Cindy Koss says the program could mean as much as $33 million for Oklahoma schools and that 35 state schools meet the federal definition of lowest-performing schools.

To receive the grants, districts would have to drastically change their administration, teaching staff or curriculum. Districts could also close the low-performing schools and move students to other district schools that are higher-achieving.

Koss says she hopes the grant money will be allocated by the end of the school year.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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