By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun
5:55 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
Maryland will receive another infusion of federal funding to continue turnaround efforts in the state's worst schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.
The state will receive $6.7 million in federal school improvement grants to dole out to districts with chronically low-performing schools, the bulk of which in past years has been invested in Baltimore city and Prince George's County schools.
To date, Maryland has received $60.7 million since the SIG program was redesigned in 2009, according to a release from the federal department.
"We've stood on the sidelines for too long as our lowest-performing schools failed our children year after year," U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan said in the release from the department.
"The School Improvement Grants program is providing courageous school leaders and teacher teams in more than 1,200 schools nationwide with the means to accomplish the very difficult work of turning around some of our hardest to serve schools."
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