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Nevada Gets $3.7 Million From Feds for Struggling Schools

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Nevada is getting nearly $4 million in federal grants to bolster low-performing schools.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Education approved a $3.7 million School Improvement Grant for the state. The money will doled out to local agencies in competitive subgrants.

Reid called the grant terrific news for Nevada, and said the money is vital as the state's school districts experience budget shortfalls.

Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Texas also received grants.

"When schools fail, our children and neighborhoods suffer," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility, and represents a tremendous opportunity to improve the life chances of children. 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."

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement:

"This is terrific news for Nevada and our public schools," said Senator Reid. "This money is vital for our children as we continue to see budget shortfalls throughout school districts across Nevada. This funding will go a long way to ensure more Nevada students have high quality teachers, to help improve instruction, and to help lift up many low-performing schools."

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