School Improvement Grants Awarded

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Four low-achieving Alabama school systems have been selected to receive $34.7 million in federal grant money to turn around their failing schools.

Ten schools in the Lowndes, Marengo, Coosa and Montgomery county school systems will receive the grants.

The School Improvement Grant funds were awarded to the Alabama Department of Education by the U.S. Department of Education in late April.

If schools accept the money, they face stiff requirements that can include firing the school's principal and at least half the staff, extending the school day or school year or shutting down the school entirely.

The grants are available for the 2010-11 school year and are renewable for two years.

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