The U.S. Department of Education announced that Colorado will receive $5.2 million to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department’s School Improvement Grant program. Colorado is one of 10 states to receive the funding.
Four of the states, including Colorado, will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools.
“When schools fail, our children and our neighborhoods suffer,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. “Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work, but it’s our responsibility. We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community.”
Grants are awarded to state educational agencies that then make competitive sub-grants to local educational agencies that demonstrate the greatest need and strongest commitment to use them to best raise student achievement.
According to the release, early findings have shown positive results in schools receiving SIG grants, with some of the greatest gains in small towns and rural communities.