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April 08, 2015

Are States Opting for Turnaround Partners With a Track Record of Success?

So far, states haven't shown a ton of interest in trying out a new School Improvement Grant model that relies heavily on evidence.

March 26, 2015

Are School Turnarounds a Sticking Point in Senate NCLB Rewrite Negotiations?

The issue of school turn-arounds could simply be one of several threads in a conversation about accountability, which we know is the crux of ongoing Senate negotiations.

February 09, 2015

Arne Duncan Makes Push to Continue i3 Program in NCLB Rewrite

The U.S. Secretary of Education wants to preserve Investing in Innovation, an Obama administration competitive-grant program that would be scrapped under Republican legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act.

February 05, 2015

U.S. Department of Education Remakes School Improvement Grant Program

States can cook up their own turnaround interventions for low-performing schools using federal SIG dollars and submit them to the U.S. Secretary of Education for approval.

January 30, 2015

Did Billions of Dollars in School Turnaround Aid Help?

School Improvement Grant funding mattered, the Council of the Great City Schools found, and it was mostly the money, not the federally mandated turnaround models, that made the difference.

January 16, 2015

Teacher Leadership Drives Successful Turnaround

For years, I've been skeptical about federal policy relating to school improvement grants requiring the use of certain school turnaround models. Recently, I visited a high school that has me checking my assumptions after seeing the success of their turnaround effort.

January 14, 2015

Arne Duncan Asked Failing Schools to Add Instructional Time; Did It Help?

Adding extra time to the day or year is a lot easier said than done, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy

December 15, 2014

Congress Tweaks School Improvement Grants, i3 in Spending Bill

Lawmakers want the School Improvement Grant program to be more flexible for states. And they want to see the Investing in Innovation grant program focused on high schools.

October 28, 2014

How Well Did Schools Implement School Improvement Grants?

None of the low-performing schools participating in an IES survey took all the steps they were encouraged to take.

October 09, 2014

Ed. Dept.'s Plan for Remaking Turnaround Grants Not Flexible, Educators Say

The Obama administration's plan for revamping the School Improvement Grant program doesn't give states and districts enough flexibility in coming up with ways to turn around low-performing schools, advocates say.

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