Education Week, the Education Writers Association, and The Hechinger Report partnered with 18 news outlets in 16 states to examine how $3 billion in federal School Improvement Grants is being used in efforts to revitalize some of the nation’s lowest-performing schools. In interviews with scores of teachers, students, researchers, and education officials at all levels of government, reporters set out to determine how the money is being spent and whether the changes the SIG program sparks are likely to last.
Seventh grader Jasmine Dukes, center, waits in line with classmates at Friendship Preparatory Academy in Baltimore. The school used federal School Improvement Grant money for improvements such as
installing white boards, painting the hallways, replacing flooring, and paying for classroom libraries.
—Matt Roth for Education Week