Oklahoma will receive more federal funds to improve schools

The Oklahoma Education Department announced Monday that Oklahoma will receive an additional $5.5 million in funding through the School Improvement Grant program.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: March 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm •  Published: March 19, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that Oklahoma will receive additional federal funds this year through the School Improvement Grant program.

Four states will receive new funding, Duncan announced Monday.

Six states, including Oklahoma, received continuing funding for programs that already are running.

Oklahoma will receive $5.5 million to spend on turnaround programs in the state's lowest-performing schools.

That brings the total of School Improvement Grant funding in the state to $50 million, most of which has been distributed to the state's two largest districts.

The following schools have benefited from the grants:

Oklahoma City Public Schools: Douglass Middle School, F.D. Moon Academy, Oklahoma Centennial Middle School and High School, Roosevelt Middle School, Shidler Elementary, U.S. Grant High School and Justice Alma SeeWorth Academy Charter School.

Tulsa Public Schools: Central High School, Clinton Middle School, East Central High School, Nathan Hale High School, Gilcrease Middle School and Will Rogers High School.

Others: Crutcho Elementary and Butner Elementary.

Using strategies

Schools that receive the grants have to implement one of four strategies:

Turnaround: Replace the principal and at least half the staff.

Restart: Relaunch as a charter school.

Closure: Close the school altogether.

Transformation: Replace the principal, overhaul the curriculum, institute longer school days and reach out for community support.