U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu announced that Louisiana will receive $10.1 million through the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grants program to turn around low-achieving schools.
The funds are part of $535 million that Sen. Landrieu worked to secure in the fiscal year 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.
When a school system applies to a state for SIG funding, it must indicate that it will implement one of four intervention models in each of its persistently lowest-achieving schools, based on school needs:
TURNAROUND MODEL: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
RESTART MODEL: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization.
SCHOOL CLOSURE: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district.