Ohio Awarded $132 Million in School Improvement Grant
The U.S. Department of Education approved Ohio’s application for $132 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds. These funds are intended to help struggling schools improve academic performance.
The money coming to Ohio is part of the $3.5 billion being made available to states this spring from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a part of America’s 2009 budget.
By law, the $132 million will be available to Ohio’s lowest-achieving five percent of schools in two categories based on U.S. Department of Education criteria:
- Title I schools in school improvement and
- Title I eligible secondary schools.
Several but not all school districts where the Ohio Education Association represents teachers will be eligible to apply for SIG funds based on state and federal criteria.
The SIG grant program recognizes four models for turning around struggling schools with SIG funds: the transformation model, the turnaround model, the restart model, and the school closure model. For the vast majority of schools eligible for the funding, OEA favors the transformation model because it offers a greater opportunity to build from the existing strengths of school faculty and community resources.
Schools seeking SIG funds must submit applications to ODE by April 30. OEA will be offering support to affiliates in school districts making applications for SIG grants. These affiliates should expect further information from OEA by the first week of April..
Ohio’s application for the SIG grants is online at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/summary/ohapp.pdf