Washington - New Jersey will receive new resources to help turn around the state's worst performing schools, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced today. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded New Jersey $11 million to help revamp and turn around the state's under performing schools. The funds are part of $546 million awarded nationwide through the School Improvement Grant Program in fiscal year 2010.

Senator Menendez said:"Education is the key to opening opportunities. When schools struggle to educate our children and strengthen our workforce, we need the courage to intervene. These resources will help our local school districts overhaul New Jersey's under-performing schools. Together we will create the strong schools our kids and families deserve."

Senator Lautenberg said:"Every child in New Jersey deserves access to a quality education. This critical federal funding will lift upstruggling schools across the state and help get them on the right track to provide a better education for our children."