News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
NGA Grants to Aid High School Efforts
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 20Published in Print: April 20, 2005, as NGA Grants to Aid High School Efforts