Louisiana lands $55.5 million federal grant to aid struggling students

Article By: Will Sentell | October 6, 2017 | Originally Posted on 2theadvocate.com

Louisiana has been picked to get $55.5 million over three years to aid struggling students improve their literacy skills,  the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.

The federal grant will focus on pre-literacy, reading and writing skills from birth through 12th grade, including those with limited English proficiency and students with disabilities.

The award will total $18.5 million per year for three years.

 The state is one of 11 to get the assistance and the only one to collect aid all three times it has been available, the department said.

In a statement, state Superintendent John White said only half of students enter kindergarten ready to learn.

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