Calcasieu gets grant to improve graduation rates
The Calcasieu Parish School Board has accepted a $12 million grant to fund efforts to reduce the high
school dropout rate.
The three year grant mirrors state funded ninth-grade initiatives that have reportedly been successful in five out of six high schools.
Washington-Marion High will be the test ground of the Innovation program, which aims is to increase
ninth- and 10th-grade school attendance rates and improve highstakes test scores.
The grant will help buy supplies and materials and fund teachers' professional development.