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$80M for schools – Public-private focus

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The Lilly Endowment is investing $80 million in public and private schools in Marion County, Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported Nov. 18.

The county’s 11 public school districts will compete for a share of $40 million, while more than 50 accredited private schools will vie for the other half.

The money will go to schools that propose the most promising programs to improve education and academic achievement.

The Lilly gift marks the endowment’s second-largest commitment to education ever and comes at a time when Indiana schools are under fire.

Currently, Indiana’s SAT scores rank 42nd in the U.S., and fewer than 50 percent of adults in the state possess a college degree.

For full story, go to the Indianapolis Star. 

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