PORTLAND — East End Community School received a $2.7 million federal school improvement grant last week.

The grant, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, requires schools to enact major changes, such as replacing administration and hiring new teachers. The schools also have to meet requirements for Highly Qualified Teacher status, meaning teachers must be certified, have a bachelor’s degree or higher and be continuing their educations.

East End received the largest grant in the state. Schools in Ellsworth and Fort Kent also received grants. Five Maine districts applied for the grants; three were awarded the funds.

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