Katrina Students Could Get Academic Aid

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Thousands of students who fled last year's Hurricane Katrina and ended up in the Houston area may soon be offered six-day school weeks.

Extra tutoring also could be in store to help young Katrina evacuees catch up to Texas academic standards.

A three-point-nine (M) million grant is available from the Houston Katrina Relief fund.

Trustees of the Houston Independent School District Thursday are expected to approve use of the grant.

Houston-area officials created the fund from private donations to defray the costs of social services for people who fled the August 2005 storm.

Several hundred thousand Louisiana evacuees ended up in Texas. Tens of thousand remain in the Houston area, including an estimated three-thousand Katrina students.