ADRIAN, Mich. — Michigan's lowest-performing public schools are implementing programs ranging from tutoring to greater teacher communication as they begin spending federal funds intended to improve student achievement, according to media reports.

Improvement money was handed out to 28 low-performing schools, including $2.75 million for Adrian Public Schools to use over three years, according to The (Adrian) Daily Telegram. The district has added tutoring and skill-building opportunities to its high school program, The Telegram reported.

In Mount Morris, the E.A. Johnson Memorial High School received $1.56 million and will use it to hire new teachers, upgrade technology and implement new credit recovery and behavioral programs to help struggling students, The Flint Journal reported.

Participating schools are required to reform their instructional practices, overhaul staff or close and reopen as a charter public school.

The (Adrian) Daily Telegram, "Adrian school board discusses federal improvement grant," Sept. 8, 2010

The Flint Journal, "Mt. Morris Johnson Memorial awarded federal school improvement grant," Sept. 2, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, "Low-performers eligible for grants," June 15, 2010