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The New York City-based Wallace Foundation has announced renewed support for its Leadership for Educational Achievement in Districts (LEAD) and NYC Leadership Academy initiatives.

The foundation announced a series of one-year grants totaling $11 million to eleven districts participating in the third year of the LEAD initiative, a national effort to improve student achievement by strengthening education leadership. LEAD grants are renewable annually for an additional two years based on significant progress and results. "To help raise student achievement more broadly and rapidly than one school at a time, we have focused on two interrelated points of influence: states and districts," said Richard Laine, the foundation's director of education. "By working on these different levels and creating partnerships with community leaders, unions, universities, and state officials, district and school leaders can get the support they need to deliver results for all students."

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