Oklahoma this week received $5.6 million for fiscal year 2013 to continue the work of turning around its persistently lowest-achieving schools through the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
“We’re grateful for this funding to improve our low-performing schools,” State Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “This will help ensure each student in our state will be college, career and citizen ready by graduation.”
Money was awarded to continue grants for Centennial Middle School and Centennial High School in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District, and Justice Alma Wilson SeeWorth Academy, an Oklahoma City charter school. Each school will receive almost $2 million for the coming fiscal year, which will come from the grant just received and undistributed funds from previous years.
The schools will have to apply for a continuation of their grants next year.
Over the next three years, an additional $5.3 million from previous and current year SIG funds will go to Shidler Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District and Butner Elementary School in the Butner Public Schools District in Seminole County. Both Shidler and Roosevelt are C3 Partnership Schools, meaning that they are on the list of schools most in need of partnership with the state.
To date, Oklahoma has received $50.6 million since the SIG program was redesigned in 2009.
Read more about SIG.