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GA schools seeing changes from federal grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is only one quarter of the way into its $400 million federal "Race to the Top" grant, but school districts are already seeing changes.

Atlanta is starting a program to recruit teachers to high-need urban schools. Bibb County is hiring graduation coaches for high schools and buying handheld computers for students at low-performing schools.

DeKalb and Gwinnett are getting much-coveted Teach for America slots, bringing in recent college graduates to low-income schools to teach for two years.

It's all part of a $4 billion federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at pushing states to adopt innovative programs that will improve student achievement and turn around struggling schools. Georgia was 1 of 12 states - and Washington, D.C. - to win money last year.

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