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Kansas City receives grant funds for low-achieving schools

Updated: 2013-12-30T13:08:33Z

— Fourteen Missouri schools will share $7.5 million in federal funds aimed at low-achieving schools.

Martin Luther King Elementary in Kansas City will receive part of the funding awarded by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The rest will go to eight schools in St. Louis, four in St. Louis County’s Riverview Gardens School District and Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia.

This is Missouri’s third round of funding from the federal School Improvement Grants program.

State officials say schools generally use the money for hiring staff such as instructional coaches and career counselors. Other uses include special reading and math programs, professional development, and extended learning programs such as classes on Saturdays or during spring and winter breaks.

| The Associated Press

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