Cleveland Schools Land Math, Science Grant

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland School District has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant to strengthen math and science instruction for students in grades six through 12.

The National Science Foundation has given the district one of 24 awards totaling $240 million as part of a new Math and Science Partnership program. More than 300 applications were submitted.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Cleveland schools chief executive, said Thursday it is one of the largest grants the district has received during her four-year tenure. The Cleveland Mathematics and Science Partnership will create connections with three local universities -- John Carroll, Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve.

The district is struggling to raise math and science proficiency test scores. The district's passage rate in those areas continues to lag behind other subjects.

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