SC schools win $1.4M for dropout prevention

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's education agency has awarded more than $1.4 million for programs aimed at preventing teens from dropping out of school.

The state Department of Education says 12 schools won between $52,000 and $125,000 each to launch new programs, while 42 schools won $6,000 each to continue existing ones. Schools will receive the money by Aug. 1.

Officials say schools with high dropout rates were given priority in the application process.

Funded programs include so-called freshmen academies, which separate freshmen from other grades, and credit recovery courses, which help ninth- and tenth graders who are behind catch up through summer school, before- and after-school programs and online classes.

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