NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced today $11,092,332 in U.S. Department of Education School Improvement grants for the state of New Jersey.

“All students deserve a great education, and the keys to unlocking their full potential,” Sen. Menendez said. “This grant will help struggling, lower-performing New Jersey schools receive the resources they need to increase student achievement.”

“As a nation, we have a commitment to investing in all of our students in order to foster the development of our future leaders,” said Sen. Booker. "This federal grant will help lift up some of our lowest-performing schools and provide them equal opportunity to prepare our students for future success."

School Improvement grants are given to state educational agencies, who then distribute competitive subgrants to local schools who have demonstrated the greatest need for the funds. The funds are used to provide the resources needed to raise the achievement levels of lower-performing schools.