Utah Teacher: Why the SIG Grant Failed in My School

Diane Ravitch's blog

A federally-funded evaluation concluded that the $3.5 Billion spent on School Improvement Grants made no difference. SIG grants were highly punitive, requiring the firing of the principal for starters as an “improvement” strategy and eventually culminating in giving the school to a charter operator or coding it down. It failed to help anyone.

This teacher from Utah wrote:

“I could have saved our country all of that money wasted, before it was even spent! But no one asked the teachers at my school.

“We are in our last year of the 3-year SIG money as a turnaround school. From the moment I knew what was going to happen under the grant, I told my colleagues that the whole thing is not going to make a difference, because it wasn’t created under any valid research or by teachers. But on the slim chance it made a difference, it would be because…

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