After Everett Middle School in San Francisco was named one of the worst schools in the country, it received $4.5 million over three years in federal School Improvement Grants that has paid for 33 teachers in an overhaul of the staff, computers, interactive whiteboards, books and more. Since then, African-American and Latino students have shown gains in state standardized tests. When the money runs out in the fall, the school will lose some programs and about half the staff members, but the teacher training that was received, commitments made and changed policies will remain, one district official said.

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