Grants To Failing Schools

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Springfield - Lanphier High School is one of 27 schools in the state receiving federal money to improve student performance.  At this point the $5.5 million School Improvement Grant (SIG) appears to be working.

Scores on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) between 2011 and 2012 are up by 10%.  "The grant program requires that we select only those schools most committed to take on dramatic transformation initiatives to improve their schools," said State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico.

"Money used well can produce extraordinary results," Chico told WAND News.

Springfield School Superintendent Dr. Walter Milton says the grant has helped Lanphier.  "It really has inspired our young people to really go for their dreams and aspirations."

27 schools, including Eisenhower in Decatur, have received more than $148.1 million in school funds.

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