Millions headed to Tennessee schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than $38 million in federal money is headed to dozens of Tennessee schools targeted to boost student performance.

A report in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis said the schools will use the money to make systemic changes, such as extending the school day and adding technology.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the grant Thursday at a Nashville middle school where he also signed into law a new school accountability system required under Tennessee's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The schools receiving the money are part of newly formed "Innovation Zones" in Memphis and Nashville where the state is pouring resources into elementary and middle schools, hoping extra teachers and technology will lift the 12 high schools they feed.


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