Mo. getting $7.5M to help struggling schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant to continue a program that helps the state's lowest-achieving schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award from the federal School Improvement Grants program on Monday. In all, the agency awarded more than $43 million in such grants to seven states.

Missouri's education department will distribute the federal funds to districts showing the greatest need and strongest commitment to improving achievement at their lowest-performing schools.

This is the third year Missouri has received a grant from the federal program.

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