Feds announce $63m in new round of SIG funding

A new cohort of California's lowest performing schools will benefit from $63 million in School Improvement Grants, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday.

Since the Obama administration has been in office, California has received $548 million in SIG support.

Officials have been slow to use much of that money, largely because of requirements that targeted schools also agree to undertake one of four aggressive restructuring models.

Next week, the California Board of Education will consider giving the state's first cohort of SIG schools more time to meet federal requirements to adopt new teacher and principal evaluation systems.

The U.S. Department of Education set aside $66 million last spring for California's second cohort of SIG schools.

We've stood on the sidelines for too long as our lowest-performing schools failed our children year after year," said Duncan in a statement. "The School Improvement Grants program is providing courageous school leaders and teacher teams in more than 1,200 schools nationwide with the means to accomplish the very difficult work of turning around some of our hardest to serve schools."

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