Issue Brief 9-34
September 14, 2009

On August 26, 2009, the Department of Education (ED) published a notice in the Federal Register that describes the proposed requirements of federal fiscal year (FY) 2009 School Improvements Grants (CFDA #84.377) funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA; P.L. 111-5) and FY 2009 appropriations legislation. The grants support efforts to carry out program- improvement responsibilities to turn around the lowest-achieving schools. ED notes that while progress has been made in reforming schools, many of the lowest performers have not changed course, either because they have received insufficient support or because interventions to date have not been effective. ED