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The federal government is giving Tennessee $9.2 million to fuel continued efforts to turn around the state's lowest-achieving schools, according to a media statement issued Monday from the U.S. Department of Education.

Tennessee is one of seven states getting millions in funding as part of the School Improvement Grants program. This marks the third year Tennessee has gotten funding, the statement said.

The money will be parceled out to local school districts.

"Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in the prepared statement. "These School Improvement Grants are helping some of the lowest-achieving schools provide a better education for students who need it the most."

Under the Obama administration, the SIG program has invested up to $2 million per school at more than 1,500 of the country's lowest-performing schools, the statement said.