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Poor Mass. Schools To Get $163 Million

Gov. Deval Patrick has announced $163 million in federal stimulus money will go to high-poverty schools in Massachusetts.

The governor said Thursday that the Title 1 federal grants, designed to help schools with high concentrations of low-income students, will go toward 258 school districts, regional technical and vocational schools, and charter schools.

The grants supplement the amount of Title 1 money Massachusetts already receives annually, which was about $233 million last year.

Through this funding, Holyoke will receive over $3 million. Other cities and towns receiving large amounts of money include Boston with almost $21 million, Springfield with $8.6 million, and Worcester with almost $4 million.

Officials say the first half of the money is scheduled to be distributed in July with the second half coming in the fall.

This program aired on April 9, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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