- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A North Carolina school program and a county school system are among 26 applicants in line to receive grants from a program aimed at developing innovative approaches to improve student achievement.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Thursday that North Carolina New Schools will be sharing in $129 million from the Investing in Innovation 2014 competition.

This new grant will expand North Carolina New Schools’ successful approach to four additional states and help students from mostly rural schools prepare for college.

Also honored was the Montgomery County Schools, which developed a program to combat economic inequity in the district. The program will implement a district-wide redesign of educational practices by instituting a culture of technology-based education that supports student engagement and achievement. It will serve more than 4,100 students.

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