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$3.5 billion injected in Title 1 School Improvements Grants

Posted Aug 26, 2009 by Jay David Murphy
Senator Reid and Secretary of Education Duncan announce that $3.5 billion will be injected into Title 1 School Improvements Grants today in Las Vegas.
U. S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
U. S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
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At a school in Las Vegas Wednesday, Nevada Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced $3.5 billion in nationwide Title I School Improvement Grants which will be awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These grants will provide states and school districts with unprecedented funding to turn around the nation’s lowest-achieving schools.
Digital Journal received the following quotes from the office of Senator Harry Reid.
“The Title I program is a symbol of our shared belief that every child in America deserves a quality education,” Reid said.
He continued with, “I thank Secretary Duncan for coming to Las Vegas to announce these grant funds and I look forward to working with him to implement the reform needed to help students in Nevada and across the country succeed.”
Arne Duncan had these words to say: “If we are to put an end to stubborn cycles of poverty and social failure, and put our country on track for long-term economic prosperity, we must address the needs of children who have long been ignored and marginalized in chronically low-achieving schools,”
He continued with, “States and school districts have an opportunity to put unprecedented resources toward reforms that would increase graduation rates, reduce dropout rates, and improve teacher quality for all students, and particularly for children who most need good teaching in order to catch up.”
The purpose behind the Title I School Improvement Grants is to provide states and districts the money they need to leverage change and turn around schools. Authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2002, the program did not receive funding until fiscal year 2007.
The current $3.5 billion provides an unprecedented opportunity for states and districts to implement significant reforms to transform chronically low-performing schools.