Feds pledge $30M to aid 2 Washington County school districts

dha-logo-2015-80v2STONEVILLE, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Education is awarding a Mississippi nonprofit group nearly $30 million over five years to provide services aimed at improving academic outcomes in two Washington County school districts.

The $6 million initial award was made Tuesday to the Stoneville-based Delta Health Alliance, which has run a similar effort in Indianola since 2012. The alliance will provide similar services to children in the Leland and Hollandale school districts.

The alliance says it will work to improve young children’s readiness for kindergarten, improve performance in the two school districts, and make sure students graduate and go on to college.

The Washington County effort was one of six new Promise Communities announced by outgoing Secretary of Education John King. Federal officials funded another 12 earlier, including the one in Indianola.

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