Local schools to receive state grant money

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke, Westfield and Pittsfield school systems will be getting some grant money from the state.

They’ll be getting a portion of $3 million in grants to Massachusetts cities in an effort to close a persistent achievement gap in public education.

Governor Patrick says the funds will provide resources to so-called Gateway Cities to support intensive English language instruction and help guide high school students toward potential careers. Patrick says the achievement gap disproportionately affects students in urban areas, many of them living in poverty.

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