Grant to Help State's Low-Performing Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced a grant totaling $3.1 million to help West Virginia turn around some of its lowest-achieving schools. The so-called school improvement grants are aimed at assisting school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds, as well as a commitment to raise student achievement. Duncan said the funding represents a "tremendous opportunity" for persistently struggling schools to provide a better education for their students. West Virginia is among six states and the District of Columbia that are receiving grants. The grants total $38 million.