Ninety-seven school districts in 34 states will be able to recruit, hire, and train middle school drug prevention and safety coordinators, thanks to nearly $35 million in grants announced Sept. 30 by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.

The three-year grants were awarded to school districts and consortia of smaller districts with significant drug, discipline, and violence problems in middle schools.

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