Published Online: April 19, 2005
Published in Print: April 20, 2005, as NGA Grants to Aid High School Efforts

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NGA Grants to Aid High School Efforts

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The National Governors Association last week began accepting applications for the first phase of a grant program designed to help states improve high schools.

Approximately 10 states will receive grants of between $500,000 and $1 million annually for two years to help them develop comprehensive state plans to improve high school graduation and college-readiness rates.

The $15 million for the first phase of the grants comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds are part of a $42 million program announced by six philanthropies, including the Seattle-based foundation, at the national conference on high schools in February co-sponsored by the NGA. ("Summit Fuels Push to Improve High Schools," March 9, 2005.)

A second phase of grants will target efforts to reach priorities of the NGA, such as raising academic expectations and improving teacher and leadership quality.

Vol. 24, Issue 32, Page 20

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