- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 15, 2010

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia will receive $59.8 million in federal money to help turn around its lowest-performing schools.

The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday that the grants will be available this spring to help efforts to overhaul what it calls “persistently lowest achieving schools.” Local school districts with such schools can apply to the Virginia Department of Education for the funding to boost efforts to improve test scores, graduation rates and other measures starting in the 2010-11 school year.

State education officials will award the money to districts, giving weight to those that plan to hire outside providers as their “turnaround partners.”

Virginia’s award is part of a $3.5 billion federal initiative to improve high school graduation rates, cut dropout rates and improve teacher quality nationwide.

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