Thursday, July 28, 2011

The elusive big fix on School Improvement Grants | Thoughts on Public Education

The elusive big fix on School Improvement Grants | Thoughts on Public Education

The elusive big fix on School Improvement Grants

Schools still waiting for guidance from feds
By Kathryn Baron

The first day of school is just over two weeks away in San Francisco Unified School District and they still don’t know whether they’ll get their second year of funding under the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. That’s the program that awards up to $2 million per year to the lowest-achieving, highest-poverty schools.

Nine of the district’s ten SIG schools were cited by the State Department of Education for not meeting all the requirements for renewal of their grants. (The tenth SIG school was shut down). Two weeks ago, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted not to distribute year 2

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