Billions going to the tricky task of turning around high schools
August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
In his education speech in Texas on Aug. 9, President Obama told the nation, “We know what works. It’s just we’re not doing it.”
The speech came as the U.S. Department of Education hands out $3.5 billion in turnaround grants to failing schools around the country, an outsized proportion of which will go to high schools. But when it comes to turning around high schools, educators admit that no one knows exactly what works.
The overrepresentation of high schools in the turnaround grant competition is partly on purpose. Department of Education officials say that secondary schools historically have been left out of allocations for disadvantaged schools despite research identifying thousands of so-called “dropout factories.” READ MORE…
(This post was also published on the Washington Post‘s “Answer Sheet”.)