Georgia Receiving Federal Grants to Improve Low-Performing Schools

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal officials say Georgia will get $17.2 million in federal grant money as part of a plan aimed at improving some persistently low-performing schools.

The School Improvement Grants were announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the program can be controversial. That's because a school must agree to reforms that often include replacing the principal in order to get the funds.

Georgia schools competing for the grants have to identify problems, set goals and state how they would use the money to reach them. The funds would be used by Georgia schools to pay for teacher and principal training and to hire teacher coaches.

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