19 Priority Schools Receive School Improvement Grants
August 27, 2014
LANSING – Nineteen low-performing schools will use up to $114 million in federal funding over the next three years to increase student achievement, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.
The MDE is distributing the federal funds to the 19 Priority Schools, in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s annual Top-to-Bottom rankings, as recipients of a School Improvement Grant (SIG).
The SIG grants are awarded for three years and, starting with the 2014-15 school year, the grants will go to 19 schools from 11 traditional and charter schools districts.
“Schools can use these important dollars to focus planning and instruction on academic growth, to help their students reach improved levels of achievement,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
“These are some of Michigan’s most academically at-risk schools,” Flanagan said. “Increased funding, both from federal and state sources, is needed to help provide more tools for educators to target instruction for specific student needs. Every student needs an opportunity to succeed.”
SIG grants provide each of the 19 schools up to $2 million per year, for each of the three years of the grant program, to implement reform and redesign plans. Michigan’s federal flexibility waiver, which the USED last week announced that it’s extending for one year, requires Priority Schools to select one of four intervention models aimed at increasing student achievement at an accelerated pace. The models are: Turnaround; Restart; School closure; and Transformation.
The 19 schools were selected from an applicant pool of 55 eligible Priority Schools that applied. A group of peer reviewers from across the state read the applications and scored them according to a rubric and directions provided to the applicants.
This is the third round of federal SIG funding in Michigan: 19 schools received $84 million from 2010 to 2013, and $61 million went to 24 schools between 2011 and this September.
Here is the list of 19 schools receiving three-year SIG grants this year:
Battle Creek Public Schools: Dudley School
Benton Harbor Area Schools: Benton Harbor High School
International Academy at Hull
Montessori Academy at Henry C Morton
Detroit City School District: Carstens Elementary-Middle School
Noble Elementary-Middle School
Osborn College Preparatory Academy
Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alt. Energy
Ecorse Public Schools: Ecorse Community High School
Ralph J. Bunche Academy
Kalamazoo Public Schools: Washington Writers' Academy
Woodward School for Technology and Research
Lansing Public School District: Eastern High School
Forrest G. Averill School
Lincoln Park School District: Raupp School
Litchfield Community Schools: Litchfield Elementary School
Michigan Technical Academy: Michigan Technical Academy Elementary
River Rouge School District: Ann Visger K-5 Preparatory Academy
Roseville Community Schools: John R. Kment Elementary School