WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- New Hampshire, Idaho and Hawaii will share $5.2 million in their work to turn around lowest performing schools, the U.S. Education Department announced Monday.
Available through the department's School Improvement Grant program, New Hampshire will receive $1.4 million, Hawaii will get $1.7 million and Idaho will receive $2.1 million, the department said in a release.
"When schools fail, our children and our neighborhoods suffer," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility. We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community. These School Improvement Grants are helping some of the lowest-achieving schools provide a better education for students who need it the most."
The department said grants are awarded to state educational agencies that then make competitive sub-grants to local educational agencies demonstrating the greatest need and strongest commitment to use the funds to provide resources to raise student achievement in their lowest-performing schools.