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14 Missouri Schools to Benefit from $7.5 Million Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced on December 23rd that Missouri was one of five states to receive continuation funds through the School Improvement Grant (SIG). This was the Missouri’s 5th consecutive year to receive SIG grants, receiving $7,531.890.

Two other states — Arkansas and Kentucky — received SIG funds to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools. In total, the SIG program granted more than $43 million in 2013 to schools across seven states.

SIG funds are awarded to each state’s State Education Agency (SEA) (in Missouri, that agency is the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). Those state agencies then re-grant the funds to the school districts that show both need and commitment to improving student achievement.

In Missouri those schools have been identified as:

St. Louis Public School District:
· Dunbar and Branch
· Laclede Elementary
· Roosevelt High School
· Meramec Elementary
· Earl Nance, St. Elementary
· Yeatman-Liddell Middle School
· Oak Hill Elementary
· Sumner High School

Riverview Gardens School District:
· Lewis and Clark Elementary
· Lemasters Elementary
· Meadows Elementary
· Moline Elementary

Kansas City 33:
· Martin Luther King Elementary

Columbia Public Schools:
· Frederick Douglass High School

The U.S. Department of Education expects that SIG grant money will be used for the implementation of one of four rigorous school intervention models: turnaround, restart, school closure or transformation in each identified school.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
“Missouri schools that have received grants have typically used the money for additional staff such as instructional coaches or college and career readiness counselors; technology; implementation of reading and math programs; extended learning opportunities such as Saturday school, extended days, or classes during spring and winter break; improving graduation rates; and professional development for teachers and staff.”

Up to $2 million has been award by the SIG program to more than 1,500 of the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

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