- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new federal pilot program in Baton Rouge will enable officials to provide extra services, support and career coaching to a group of students at two alternative schools.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1P7gmlU ) the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth was launched in an effort to boost academic performance. The program will begin in January and will give governmental agencies more flexibility when they use federal dollars to design the three-year pilot program.

Researchers will track the progress of the 80 to 100 students and compare their performance to that of other students to determine if the initiative helps boost academic performance.

The program will begin with students at Greenville and Northdale superintendent’s academies. Those schools serve students who are at least two grade levels behind their peers.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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