PHOENIX — Efforts to turn around Arizona’s persistently low-performing
schools will be getting a $10 million boost from the federal government.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the funding Tuesday. It comes
from the department’s school improvement grants program. New Hampshire also will
be receiving more than $1.3 million.
The two states will award the money through a competitive process to those
school districts that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment
to providing adequate resources for raising student achievement.
Duncan said when schools fail, children and neighborhoods suffer. He says
turning around low-performing schools represents an opportunity to improve the
lives of some children.
The program has invested in more than 1,500 of the country’s lowest-performing
schools, and federal officials say early findings show progress at many of the