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Pasco schools won't receive grant

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KENNEWICK; Wash-- It was supposed to help Pasco students get a leg up in their education, but today Pasco district leaders found out they did not make the cut for federal stimulus funding.

Over the next three years the school district wanted to use $4 million of federal money to extend the school year by three weeks.

Extra time school leaders say would help at risk students...

"When you look at the research on kids that come from poverty or second language learners, they need more time. They come with fewer skills and/or are learning a new language. So that doesn't happen overnight." explains Dennis McGuire the Assistant Superintendent of the Pasco School district.

McGuire says they would have started the extended school year next fall.