Louisiana superintendent of education Paul Pastorek told local school district administrators last week that millions of federal dollars could be available next year to help improve the state’s most troubled public schools.

Pastorek said Louisiana may be eligible for up to $200 million over two years from the federal stimulus package’s $4.4 billion Race to the Top program that rewards educational innovation and reform. The stimulus money is expected to be allocated among a dozen states, he said.

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