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Richmond Praises Federal Efforts to Aid Louisiana's Lowest Performing Public Schools

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02), commended the U.S. Department of Education for awarding Louisiana with $10.1 million to help the state address the needs of its lowest performing schools.

"This funding is critical as we address the disparities in Louisiana's public education system and seek to transform our worst performing schools," said Representative Cedric Richmond. "As a product of Louisiana's public school system, I cannot stand by while our schools disintegrate. It's a disservice to our students and they deserve to attend schools that will provide them with the tools to succeed. I applaud Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan for his commitment and support."

School Improvement Grants (SIG) are part of $535 million provided through the fiscal year 2011 budget and made available to states under the program. To date, Louisiana has received $88.8 million since the SIG program was redesigned in 2009.

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I or ESEA), are grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive sub grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

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