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Three Schools in Yakima to get U.S. Improvement Money

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UPDATE/YAKIMA, WA - The state superintendent released a list of 13 schools that will receive money to help improve student learning. Out of those 13 schools, three Yakima Elementary Schools were on the list.

This means the three elementary schools are considered some of the most vulnerable in the state.
McKinley, Barge Lincoln and Martin Luther King elementary schools will get hundreds of thousands of dollars for three consecutive years.

Students will experience 30 minute longer school days. Teachers will collaborate twice a week to look at student data and lesson planning, and there will be more technology resources.

The Yakima School District said there will also be some re-shuffling of staff at these three schools.

"It's also incumbent upon us, if we have teachers that are not a good match, using a provision in the contract with the Teachers Association we might actually reassign a couple of teachers," said Elaine Beraza, the Yakima School District Superintendent.

The superintendent said four years ago, Adams Elementary School received the same School Improvement Grant money. It went from being one of the lowest performing schools to getting top scores in the district.

The three elementary schools will make their big changes next school year based on Adam's success.

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SEATTLE, WA - Three schools in Yakima will be getting federal dollars to help improve their schools.

State education officials say 13 schools throughout the state were offered 3-year grants. The grants range from $50,000 to $3 million a year.

The three schools is Yakima are McKinley Elementary, Barge Lincoln Elementary, and Martin Luther King Elementary.

The schools will use the money for a variety of improvement activities, ranging from teacher training to classroom supplies and materials and before- and after-school programs.
    
This is Washington's third round of school improvement grants. The majority of schools in the program have shown significant improvement in student reading and math achievement.
    
To qualify for a federal School Improvement Grant, schools must serve low-income students and in the lowest five percent of student achievement on statewide tests. They have to adopt one of four intervention models, which can range from hiring new principals and teachers to converting into a charter school.
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