BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education department is getting a nearly $67 million grant over five years to strengthen teacher training in rural school systems.

The Teacher Incentive Fund money will be spent across 137 schools in 16 rural school districts, aimed at helping to offer more training opportunities and to attract more high-quality teachers to those schools.

Superintendent of Education John White announced the grant in a statement Friday.

The school systems include Allen, Assumption, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Lincoln, Morehouse, Red River, Richland, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tensas and West Carroll parishes.

Other education organizations in Louisiana also received more than $61 million in additional grants, according to the state education department.

The department had previously received a similar $41 million award in 2010, spent across six school systems.


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