Governor awards grants to support year-round school

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is giving schools extra money to help support year-round and extended-year school programs.

The governor's office announced Wednesday that McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million to 66 schools.

The General Assembly created the Extended School Year Grant Program after a legislative commission found that students in struggling schools do better with longer school years.

McAuliffe said the grant distributions would help narrow the achievement gap between richer and poorer school districts.

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