Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces $100M In Grants

October 2nd, 2010 - 2:05 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan announced today that almost one hundred million dollars in grants will be issued to help state and local initiatives which will improve high schools and help boost graduation percentages by raising the bar on academic performance.

“These grants will help our local communities and states in working towards President Obama’s goal of once again having the highest college completion rate in the world by the end of the decade. To achieve this goal, high schools must ensure more students graduate and are prepared for success in college and careers,” he stated.

Under the “Smaller Learning Communities”, 28 high schools will receive $52.2 million. This will help make the learning environment more personal so that students can perform better. Under the “High School Graduation Initiative Program”, 29 school districts will receive $46.6 million, which will help identify “at risk” students. These were given to the school which had the highest drop out rates.

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