Indiana gets grants to improve low-performing schools

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is one of seven states receiving federal money to improve their lowest-performing schools.

The Indiana Department of Education says it received more than $8.6 million in School Improvement Grants from the U.S. Department of Education last week.

The Education Department says in a news release that the funds are intended to aid states "to continue to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools."

The other states receiving the grants are Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Utah and Washington. Indiana's share is the largest of $39 million in grants awarded.

The federal grants are awarded to schools with the greatest need that have shown the greatest commitment to improve.

The state says the funds will be used during the school year that begins this fall.

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