Federal Funding to Help Mississippi Schools

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is getting $5.6 million in federal money to pay for efforts to improve poorly performing schools.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that Mississippi was getting the money along with five other states and the District of Columbia

Mississippi Department of Education spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says the state expects to be able to give multi-year grants to as many as eight of 33 eligible schools, with competitive applications due in March. No local match is required.

The program has sent $33 million to help improve 10 schools or school districts since 2011. Most recipients have improved significantly, but some are still struggling.

Under the program, applicants have four options ranging from hiring a new principal to closing a school and sending students to a better school.