ERIC Number: EJ882687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-21
Turnaround Funds Flowing to State Coffers
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v29 n29 p1, 28 Apr 2010
The author reports on the largest-ever federal investment in fixing low-achieving schools that is now flowing to states, raising the pressure on district leaders to make tough--and quick--decisions about firing principals, replacing teachers, or shutting down schools entirely. Since March, the U.S. Department of Education has been sending states their shares of $3.5 billion in Title I School Improvement Grants, money provided mostly by last year's economic-stimulus package, as well as from $546 million in regular fiscal 2009 appropriations. Less than six months from now, selected schools that rank among the bottom 5 percent in their states--the priority under the grant program--will be required to launch one of four "turnaround" strategies outlined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It's a daunting timeline for some district leaders, who are eager for the windfall of support for struggling schools but may have qualms about the strict conditions for receiving the federal aid. Across the states, state and local education officials are moving rapidly to identify which of their schools will be eligible for the infusion of federal aid and to decide how those campuses will be overhauled.
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Educational Change, Grants, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; No Child Left Behind Act 2001