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Webinar: Can School Improvement Grants Save the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools?

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June 30, 2010 10:27 pm


That’s the question Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and Ann Whalen, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, will be answering during the latest of the Alliance’s webinars on education news from Washington, DC.

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The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, which was authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is the federal government’s primary mechanism for turning around the lowest-performing schools. In its blueprint to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as NCLB, the Obama administration intends to target SIG grants to the lowest-performing 5,000 schools, including the 2,000 high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent. These 2,000 high schools represent approximately 12 percent of high schools yet account for more than half of the nation’s nearly 1.3 million dropouts.

The Obama administration’s blueprint would require schools receiving SIG funds to implement one of four turnaround models to support better outcomes for students: (1) transformation, (2) turn around, (3) restart, or (4) school closure. Unfortunately, many of the nation’s lowest-performing high schools are unlikely to receive SIG grants after funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, i.e. the stimulus bill, runs out.

Do you have questions about School Improvement Grants? Wondering what other concerns individuals, including educators and federal policymakers, have raised about the four school turnaround models? Want to know whether the Congress will consider alternative approaches to school turnaround as it works to reform NCLB? Wondering what a more effective system of high school reform would look like?

The Alliance’s webinar will answer these questions and more. It will include a short presentation by Bob Wise, followed by a question and answer session in which Bob and Ann will answer the questions that you submit.

To register for the event or submit questions to be answered during the question and answer portion, visit


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