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Local schools eligible for improvement grants

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Several Washington state schools are eligible for federal dollars for school improvement, including many in Yakima County.

State education leaders released their annual list of eligible schools Thursday.

The 50 Washington state schools qualify for grants ranging from $500,000 to $2 million a year for three years. The U.S. Department of Education will give Washington about $7.2 million to distribute in 2011.

Schools make the list by failing to make adequate yearly progress on math and reading tests, as well as not meeting graduation goals.

"I want to stress that this is a great opportunity," said Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction, in a written statement. "Some of the schools that have been struggling will be given a great chance to improve on their achievement."

Yakima county schools on the list are: Granger Middle School, White Swan High School, Mount Adams Middle School, Harrah Elementary School, Valley View Elementary, Wapato Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, and Barge-Lincoln Elementary School.

Districts that want to apply for a grant must agree to close the school, or transform under several possible models. Most options include replacing some of the staff and adopting comprehensive school reforms.

Applications for the grants are due by March 4.

To read more about school improvement grants, click the OSPI web site: http://www.k12.wa.us/.