Governor Corbett Announces $21 Million In School Improvement Grants For Nine Schools | Wpmt Fox43

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Through the federal School Improvement Grant program, schools have the opportunity to implement innovative educational initiatives to better meet the needs of their students and improve academic performance. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the grants through a competitive process. Applications were reviewed and scored by a panel of peer reviewers who then made award recommendations. For a school to be eligible for funding, it must be among the lowest-achieving schools in Pennsylvania that has not made substantial progress on state assessments, or has a graduation rate of less than 60 percent for at least two of the last three years. While 47 schools were eligible to apply, only 20 submitted applications. As part of the competitive application process, eligible schools must adopt and implement one of four reform models developed by the federal government: Transformation, Turnaround, Restart and School Closure.


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