- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine schools will receive more than $1.5 million in federal grants to try to help boost high school graduation rates and narrow achievement gaps.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the School Improvement Grants, which they say will help transform Maine public schools that need the most support.

The Maine Department of Education will award the federal funds directly to school districts that show a need and make a commitment to using the money for programs that improve student achievement.

Collins is a Republican and King is an independent.

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