Montana is one of 10 states to receive funds through the federal School Improvement Grant program, the Department of Education announced on Thursday.
Montana will receive about $1.48 million. The money is designed to help under-performing schools in rural or impoverished communities.
Montana has been a recipient of School Improvement Grant funds in the past. According to the Department of Education, many of the schools receiving SIG funding are improving, and some of the greatest gains have been in small towns and rural communities.
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Montana will make the funds available to its schools through a competitive selection process.
Districts interested in receiving a portion of the SIG money will have to apply, demonstrating need and a commitment to providing adequate resources that would substantially raise student achievement in their lowest-performing schools.