NORMAN — Grants from the U.S. Department of Education will allow the University of Oklahoma to provide advice and expertise to departments of education in seven states, officials say.
The department awarded two grants totaling $20 million to OU Outreach, department officials announced last week.
The grants will establish two centers designed to offer technical support and guidance to state departments of education.
A five-year, $10.9 million grant establishes the South Central Comprehensive Center, which will work with education departments in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
A second grant, totaling $7.9 million, establishes the Central Comprehensive Center.
That center will offer guidance to education departments in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.
The centers are part of a national network of 15 regional centers that provide similar services in states across the country.
How will it work?
Belinda Biscoe Boni, associate vice president of OU Outreach's public and community services division, said the centers will help states in their efforts to carry out education initiatives.
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