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D.C. Handing Out $5 Million To Make School More Engaging For Students

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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is giving out $5 million to help improve student satisfaction.

Henderson says more than 20,000 students filled out surveys about their schools. She says 78 percent say they like their school but expressed some concerns.

"Some of them complained the school was boring, some of them complained that the food wasn't tasty, that the building was not as clean as they needed it to be," she says.

Henderson says central office staff was working on the food and cleanliness, but the boring part? Well that's what these Proving What's Possible grants are about. Principals can apply for money to make school more fun, using field trips, clubs, and new athletic teams. The money will be available during the next academic year.

"We can expand robotics, we can expand our rocketry club, we can bring theatre and drama to after school time," says Trish Pride, the principal at Hardy Middle School.

Henderson says the goal is to have 90 percent of students like their school by 2017. This program is similar to a $10 million initiative during the last school year, but when asked, Henderson could not provide examples of whether those programs were effective or not.

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