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Graduation Promise Act (GPA) (111th)

Feb 19, 2011


Senate Bill Number: S. 1698

Date of Introduction: September 23, 2009
Sponsor(s): Bingaman (D-NM)
Co-Sponsor(s): Brown (D-OH), Casey (D-PA), Dodd (D-CT), Franken (D-MN), Gillibrand (D-NY), Hagan (D-NC), Merkley (D-OR), Murray (D – WA), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV)

House Bill Number: H.R. 4181
Date of Introduction: December 2, 2009
Sponsor(s): Hinojosa (D-TX)
Co-Sponsor(s): Baca (D-CA), Berkley (D-NV), Berman (D-CA), Bishop (D-NY), Chu (D-CA), Clarke (D-NY), Cummings (D-MD), D. Davis (D-IL), S. Davis (D-CA), Fattah (D-PA), Fudge (D-OH), A. Green (D-TX), G. Green (D-TX), Grijalva (D-AZ), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hare (D-IL), Hirono (D-HI), Honda (D-CA), Jackson (D-TX), Johnson (D-TX), Lee (D-CA), Lewis (D-GA), Lujan (D-NM), Marshall (D-GA), Meeks (D-NY), Ortiz (D-TX), Payne (D-NJ), Pierluisi (D-PR), Polis (D-CO), Reyes (D-TX), Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Scott (D-VA), Sires (D-NJ), Woolsey (D-CA)

The Graduation Promise Act (GPA) would authorize $2.5 billion in new funding to turn around low-performing high schools. The GPA would provide money to districts and states in order to implement effective, research-based reforms tailored to low-performing schools’ specific needs. Title I of the GPA would authorize a $2.4 billion High School Improvement and Dropout Reduction Fund to support the development of statewide systems of differentiated high school improvement in every state. Title II would authorize $60 million in competitive grants for the development, implementation, and replication of effective secondary school models for struggling students and dropouts.

To learn more about the Graduation Promise Act, read the one page overview of the bill.

Support for the Graduation Promise Act: Since being reintroduced on September 23, 2009 the Graduation Promise Act has garnered support from members of the education community. Read the letter of support.

Read the joint press release from the Alliance for Excellent Education, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Jobs for the Future, Everyone Graduates Center, and National Council of La Raza.

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