19 Michigan schools getting $114M in federal aid to boost achievement

The Detroit News

Up to $114 million in federal funding will be distributed to 19 low-performing Michigan schools to help boost student achievement over the next three years, the Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The School Improvement Grant funds are being given to the “priority schools” in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s Top-to-Bottom rankings, beginning this fall. The recipient schools include 10 in Metro Detroit.

Each school will receive up to $2 million per year to implement reform and redesign plans. Under Michigan’s waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, priority schools must choose one of four intervention models aimed at speeding improvements in student performance: turnaround, restart, school closure or transformation.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education extended the state’s waiver from the federal law for a year.

“Schools can use these important dollars to focus planning and instruction on academic growth, to help their students reach improved levels of achievement,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

The 19 schools were chosen from 55 priority schools that applied for funding.

This is the third round of federal School Improvement Grant funding in Michigan: 19 schools received $84 million from 2010 to 2013, and $61 million went to 24 schools between 2011 and this September.

Here are the districts and schools receiving funding over the next three years:

■Detroit Public Schools: Carstens Elementary-Middle School, Noble Elementary-Middle School, Osborn College Preparatory Academy, Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy.

■Ecorse Public Schools: Ecorse Community High School, Ralph J. Bunche Academy.

■Lincoln Park School District: Raupp School

■Michigan Technical Academy: Michigan Technical Academy Elementary, Redford Township.

■River Rouge School District: Ann Visger K-5 Preparatory Academy.

■Roseville Community Schools: John R. Kment Elementary School.

■Battle Creek Public Schools: Dudley School.

■Benton Harbor Area Schools: Benton Harbor High School, International Academy at Hull, Montessori Academy at Henry C. Morton.

■Kalamazoo Public Schools: Washington Writers’ Academy, Woodward School for Technology and Research.

■Lansing Public School District: Eastern High School, Forrest G. Averill School.

■Litchfield Community Schools: Litchfield Elementary School.