DC Directs $2.6M to Trying to Close School Achievement Gap

Washington, D.C. has sent more than $2 million to its public schools as part of a campaign to help struggling students and bridge achievement gaps in the city. 

The D.C. school system says the $2.6 million was sent to the city's 115 public schools in an initiative called Excellence through Equity, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The biggest amounts of money went to schools with larger concentrations of students receiving low scores on college and career readiness tests. Schools can use the money to address attendance, math and literacy instruction, or social emotional learning. Aside from those guidelines, schools are free to design programs however they see fit. 

D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Lerner says that freedom allows schools to best support their unique situation and population.

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