$6 billion buys inSIGnificant gains

School Improvement Grants were supposed to produce “dramatic” improvements in our most troubled schools, writes Andy Smarick. Arne Duncan “transformation not tinkering.”  After two years and $6 billion — several million dollars per low-performing school —  SIG is “the greatest failure in the U.S. Department of Education’s 30-plus year history.”

A third of SIG schools got worse. The “increased proficiency” touted by the Education Department represents the same modest gains showed by “all other U.S. schools that didn’t get these huge cash infusions.”

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