Ga. low-performing schools receive financial help

ATLANTA (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Georgia will receive $19.2 million to help the lowest-performing schools in the state.

Duncan said in a statement on Thursday the funds are part of $535 million provided through the fiscal year 2011 budget that was made available to states under the Education Department's School Improvement Grants program.

So far, Georgia has received $161.3 million since the SIG program was revamped in 2009.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the grant comes a couple of days after the Georgia Department of Education release a list of the state's 78 lowest performing schools.

Muscogee County schools that were named include Fox Elementary, Spencer High, Cusseta Road Elementary, Kendrick High and Jordan Vocational.

Other schools in our area that were named are Greenville High in Meriwether County, Stewart County high, and Americus Sumter High in Sumter County.

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