New funding to aid struggling Louisiana schools

New funding to aid struggling Louisiana schools
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POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 1:12pm

18,000 students will get a new school experience thanks to a brand-new funding program.

State Superintendent John White announced the first recipients of Believe and Succeed grants.

Louisiana awarded nearly $6 million to teachers, districts, and charter school operators who have innovative ideas. More of these grants were awarded to the Capital City area than any other part of the state.

One will go to improve Prescott Middle School. White said it's one of many local schools that needs it.

"We need to be real that, in a parish that has more than 20 F-rated schools, neither the state nor the school board has done what is necessary to change the fortunes of kids - the vast majority of whom actually live in a very small distance of this very building," stated White.

Some of the money for the grants came from the state, but most of it came from the federal government.


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