LANSING, Mich. — More than 100 of the worst performing public schools in Michigan are eligible to apply for $136 in subsidies from the federal government, according to Michigan Public Radio.

Applying for the money is optional, but schools that do must accept mandated improvement models," Michigan Public Radio reported.

"It goes from a turnaround model which replaces the principal and part of the staff, to a restart model which they can close the school and reopen it was a charter school," Martin Ackley, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, told Michigan Public Radio.

A list of eligible schools can be found here.

Michigan Public Radio, "U.S. Dept of Ed doles out $136M to Michigan schools," July 7, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "New Research Suggests 'Reforming' Rather Than Closing Failing Schools a Forlorn Hope," March 30, 2010