Ten Maine schools just qualified for this new federal program. They've been labeled "persistently low-achieving schools" for the past three years, with low levels of math and reading proficiency and little or no improvement. That is the down side. The up side is that they will qualify to split $12 million in federal grants, along with getting assistance in creating specific action plans for improvement.
So let me get this straight, if you are one of the ten worst schools in the state ... we are going to give you $1.2 million. This seems backwards to me. Should we not be rewarding the schools that are in the top 10 in the state? Here we are facing all these budget cuts facing hundreds of thousands of dollars and now a lot of this money will be replaced for these schools because they are failing the students they are supposed to educate. I know there are some strings with this money. Does that mean that the schools system can refuse the money and refuse to make the changes???