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Education Department Awards $52 Million in Grants to 23 Comprehensive Centers to Advance Reform Goals and Student Achievement

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 23 Comprehensive Centers across the country have been awarded a total of $52 million to increase the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet student achievement goals. Fifteen regional centers will provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Seven content centers will provide research-based information and tools. One center will be established in each of the following areas: standards and assessment implementation, great teachers and leaders, school turnaround, early learning, college and career readiness, innovations in learning, and building state capacity and productivity.

"These centers will help low-performing schools and districts close the achievement gap," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "They provide valuable support of the Administration's P-12 initiatives to ensure that every child is able to receive a high-quality education."

Grantees are required to develop five-year plans for carrying out activities that address state and regional needs.

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