Maryland will receive $6.8 million from the federal government to help efforts to improve its lowest-performing schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced.

The state is one of 11 receiving funds through the latest round of School Improvement Grants.

"When schools fail, our children and our neighborhoods suffer," Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work, but it's our responsibility."

School Improvement Grants
Connecticut $3.6 million
Kentucky $7.7 million
Maryland $6.8 million
Minnesota $5.5 million
Mississippi $6.1 million
New Mexico $4.1 million
Ohio $20.2 million
South Carolina $7.4 million
South Dakota $1.5 million
Utah $3.4 million West Virginia $3.3 million

The grants are given to state education agencies before being distributed to local school systems. Though the latest round of grants add up to just less than $70 million, the program's grants totaled more than $534 million in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education's data.