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Two Schools To Share DOE Grant

Two Louisville high schools will share a three-year $1.5 million dollar federal grant.    The money is intended to help students become better connected with their schools. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the concept called Smaller Learning Communities, which reduces class size, and offers more personal attention from teachers and advisors.                                                                 Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman says the grant will go to Doss and Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academies in south Louisville."The smaller learning communities are critical to creating a more seamless transition from middle to high schools, and building a sense of community and belonging and nurturing students's social and emotional needs and skills as they progress through high schools," Berman said.The concept includes an academy for incoming freshmen and a more specialized course of study for students in the 10th through 12th grades, tailored to their potential career paths.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.