- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Education Department and four of the state’s school districts have been awarded nearly $3 million in federal grants to improve school safety and learning conditions.

The U.S. Education Department announced the grants Tuesday for the Detroit, Muskegon, Lansing and Pigeon districts. The state will receive about $640,000 to improve support systems and technical support for student learning.

Detroit was awarded more than $705,000 to improve students’ learning and behavior, especially through better responses to mental-health issues.

Lansing schools will receive more than $760,000 to provide violence-related counseling and programs to decrease bullying, violence, gang involvement and substance abuse.

The federal government awarded more than $70 million in 38 states for the new initiatives.

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