Sunday, March 16, 2014

Conyers Announces $16 Million in Improvement Grants for Michigan Schools

(WASHINGTON) – Yesterday afternoon, the Department of Education (DOE) awarded the Michigan Department of Education more than $16.7 million in grant funding – through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program – to boost underperforming schools in Michigan. So far, the Obama Administration has provided $2 million per school to more than 1,500 underperforming schools through the SIG Program.Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement after the announcement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Education has awarded more than $16.7 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding to the Michigan Department of Education. This grant funding will raise student achievement in underperforming schools and extend the promise of quality education to more of our state’s youth. The Obama Administration has already extended $2 million to more than 1,500 underperforming public schools through the SIG Program, with an additional $95 million in grant funding - divided between 10 states - issued today. As Congress continues to pursue misguided austerity policies that rob our children of educational opportunities, such as severe cuts to Head Start, it is reassuring that the Department of Education remains committed to universal, quality education. In announcing these grants Education Secretary Arne Duncan rightly stated that, ‘We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community.’ I agree wholeheartedly, and look forward to working with the Michigan Department of Education to strengthen our public schools in Detroit and across Michigan.”

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