Iowa receives federal school improvement grant funding

WASHINGTON | Iowa will receive $3.03 million in federal school improvement grants, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

The funds will support efforts to turn around persistently low-achieving schools through a competitive grant process. Three Waterloo and six Des Moines schools have benefited from past rounds of funding.

Lincoln Elementary School and George Washington Carver Academy received three-year grants with a combined total of $4.44 million in 2010. Irving Elementary School won a grant for $2.61 million in 2011, which is now in its third and final year.

Iowa was one of nine states receiving more than $71 million in grant money during this round of funding. Other states receiving the grants include Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. Under the Obama Administration, the school improvement grant 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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