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      Nebraska to Receive $2.4 Million to Aid Lowest-Performing Schools

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      Nebraska will receive more than $2.4 million to aid schools that are persistently among the lowest performing, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

      U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Friday that six states and the District of Columbia will receive more than $38 million through the department's School Improvement Grants program. Nebraska will receive $2,453,597.

      School Improvement Grants are awarded to State Educational Agencies that will then make their own grants for school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for funds to raise student achievement.

      "When schools fail, our children and neighborhoods suffer," Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility, and represents a tremendous opportunity to improve the life chances of children."

      Other states receiving SIG funds include Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia and West Virginia.

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