Arkansas is one of 13 states that will receive SIG funding. Six of the states will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools, and seven states, including Arkansas, will receive continuation funds for the third year of implementing a SIG model.
In addition to Arkansas, other states receiving continuation awards are: Delaware--$1.4 million; Florida--$26.8 million; Montana--$1.5 million; New Jersey--$10.4 million; Oregon--$5.4 million; and Washington--$7.8 million. The states receiving new awards are: Georgia--$17.2 million; Illinois--$22.2 million; Kansas--$4 million; Massachusetts--$7.2 million; Nevada--$3.8 million; and North Carolina--$14.3 million.
"When schools fail, our children and our neighborhoods suffer," Duncan said. "Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it's our responsibility. We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community. These School Improvement Grants are helping some of the lowest-achieving schools provide a better education for students who need it the most."