- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three Iowa school districts have been notified they’ll receive grants from the state to boost the literacy skills of students who don’t speak English.

The Denison, Des Moines and Postville districts will receive grants. The recipients were announced Friday by Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck.

The Iowa Legislature approved the program, which provides $500,000 this year with the possibility of $1.5 million over three years.

More than 25,000 English Language Learners enrolled in Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools this year.

Denison will focus on kindergarten through 12th grade while Des Moines will partner with the Diocese of Des Moines to pilot a program for Carver Elementary and Hiatt Middle School and six nonpublic Catholic schools.

Postville will design a K-12 newcomer program.

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