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October 25, 2016

USDOE Awards School Improvement Grants to Turn Around Lowest Performing Schools

The U.S. Department of Education granted more than $427 million to help turn around the lowest-achieving schools in nearly every state and U.S. territory. USDOE awards School Improvement Grants (SIG) to states and territories, which then award subgrants to school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to substantially raising student achievement in the lowest-performing schools.

October 21, 2016

USED Releases Guidance Encouraging Well-Rounded Education

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) released non-regulatory guidance to help states, districts, and schools provide students with a more well-rounded education under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. This new grant program in ESSA focuses on safe and healthy students, how technology can be integrated into schools to improve teaching and learning, and access to a well-rounded education. The guidance helps support effective implementation of the new grant program and provides examples of allowable uses of funds, discusses the role of state education agencies, details fiscal responsibilities, and identifies local application requirements. For a summary of the guidance, see the press release from USED here.

October 20, 2016

USED Releases New Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through ESSA

The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance on early learning for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the first comprehensive look on how ESSA supports young learners from birth through 3rd grade. The purpose of this document is to remind state and local leaders about the importance of investing in early learning and the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.