Reid announces funding for NV’s lowest performing schools

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced that the state will receive $3.39 million from the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to help turn around some of our most struggling schools. The funds are part of the $3.5 billion made available to states from the Economic Recovery Act.

“In order to ensure Nevada’s workforce can compete in a 21st century global economy, we must improve Nevada’s struggling education system,” said Reid.

These resources will help some of Nevada’s lowest-performing schools prepare our students for the jobs of the future.  I encourage Nevada school districts to apply and make use of this funding.”

$3.39 million made available to Nevada is being distributed by formula to the state and will then be competed out by the state to school districts later this spring. In order for a school district to apply for these funds, they must have be state-identified as “persistently lowest achieving” or a Tier III school – a school that has failed to meet adequate yearly progress for two years and is not identified as a persistently lowest achieving school.

Reid refiles bill to restore military benefits for Nevadans, others

In another development, Nevada Senator Harry Reid reintroduced legislation to restore full payment of retirement and disability benefits to more than 500,000 veterans in Nevada and around the country. Due to an outdated and unfair 19th century law, career military retired veterans currently are the only group of federal retirees required to waive their retirement pay in order to receive VA disability. Keeping his promise to the men and women in uniform, Reid’s legislation ends this discrimination by providing veterans with the full pay and benefits they have earned.

“The current law is a slap in the face to Nevada’s service members defending our freedoms around the world,” said Reid. “We need to do more to deliver for the men and women in uniform who’ve risked their lives to keep us safe.”

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