MAJOR US EDUCATION GRANTS TO AMERICAN SAMOA, CNMI, AND GUAM

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Pacific Islands Development Pogram/Center for Pacific Islands Studies

WASHINGTON (June 15, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) --Grants totaling over twelve and a half million US dollars (US$12,694,476) have been made to American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam to help with the education of children from low-income families.

The funds, awarded by the US Department of Education in Washington, will be made available to the three territorial school systems in September, for use during the new school year.

The funding amounts are based on the number of children in low-income families and the degree to which the territories have been able to raise moneys for the students' education.

American Samoa and the CNMI will receive more funding than during the past school year and Guam will receive slightly less.

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