News

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2011

Illinois awards nearly $75 million for school improvement


Federal funds to go toward 13 low-performing schools in six districts

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced today it has approved 13 schools to receive $74.9 million over the next three fiscal years in federal School Improvement Grant funds to dramatically improve education among some of the lowest achieving schools in the state. The schools were selected after a rigorous application and review process that included participation from state and national experts, teachers, parents and community members.

“Thanks to federal funds, these districts will be able to invest significant resources toward raising student achievement and enabling schools to make adequate yearly progress,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “The program will help thousands of students in both rural and urban settings across the state gain access to a better education and it will set these schools on a trajectory of long-term change.”

For each eligible school approved to receive funds under this grant, the district must implement one of four intervention models; Turnaround, Restart, Transformation or School Closure, as approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Money allocated to each of the six districts will go toward the reform strategy at the specific schools and district oversight.

Fourteen districts representing 24 of the lowest achieving schools in the state submitted proposals that were evaluated and scored by review teams made up of national experts.

The SIG districts are required to work with one of 16 organizations, called Lead Partners, that have been pre-approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The state agency will also provide technical assistance during the process and each district will have to re-apply for continued annual funding in FY 2013 and FY 2014.

This marks the second round of districts to apply and receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Last fall, another five districts and 10 schools were approved to receive up to $52.5 million in SIG funds. For a list of schools awarded funds in FY11, please visit this ISBE web page: http://www.isbe.net/sos/pdf/sig_1003g_funded_fy11.pdf

The following six districts and 13 schools are approved to receive funding over the grant’s three year period:

District
School
Intervention Model
Tier
Lead Partner
Total LEA Award (3 years)
Total LEA or Individual School Award (3 years)
Grades Served

City of Chicago SD 299

 

 

 

 

 $   47,999,998.00

 $   2,661,985.00

 

City of Chicago SD 299

Julian High School

Transformation

I

CPS Office of Transformation

 

 $   5,691,666.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Kelvyn Park High School

Transformation

I

CPS Office of Transformation

 

 $   5,684,554.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

North Lawndale Charter High School

Transformation

I

CPS Office of Transformation

 

 $   5,694,613.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Juarez Community Academy High School

Transformation

II

CPS Office of Transformation

 

 $   5,681,021.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Hancock College Preparatory High School

Transformation

I

Network for College Success

 

 $   5,699,896.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Tilden Career Community Academy High School

Transformation

I

America's Choice

 

 $   5,595,150.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Richards Career Academy High School

Transformation

I

America's Choice

 

 $   5,591,235.00

9-12

City of Chicago SD 299

Wells Community Academy High School

Transformation

I

Network for College Success

 

 $   5,699,878.00

9-12

Decatur SD 61

 

 

 

 

 $   5,399,998.00

 $   1,181,271.00

 

Decatur SD 61

Eisenhower High School

Transformation

II

Learning Point Associates

 

 $   4,218,727.00

9-12

North Chicago SD 187

 

 

 

 

 $   6,000,000.00

 $                     

 

North Chicago SD 187

North Chicago Community High School

Transformation

II

AUSL

 

 $   6,000,000.00

9-12

Peoria SD 150

 

 

 

 

$   6,000,000.00

 $   4,140,454.00

 

Peoria SD 150

Peoria High School

Transformation

II

Consortium for Educational Change

 

 $   1,859,546.00

9-12

Sandoval CUSD 501

 

 

 

 

 $   4,000,000.00

 $      907,045.00

 

Sandoval CUSD 501

Sandoval Sr High School

Transformation

II

IARSS

 

 $   3,092,955.00

9-12

Springfield SD 186

 

 

 

 

$   5,523,420.00

 $      317,992.00

 

Springfield SD 186

Lanphier High School

Transformation

II

Learning Point Associates

 

 $   5,205,428.00

9-12
  Total:
$74,923,416.00
 

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