Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s approval of more than $416 million in Recovery Act funding to turnaround California’s persistently lowest-achieving schools under the School Improvement Grant (SIG):
“My administration from day one has aggressively pursued every available federal dollar to support our state’s most vulnerable students and to help protect our schools from the continuing nationwide fiscal crisis. The more than $416 million in Recovery Act funding my administration secured today is a critical step forward in fixing our state’s lowest-achieving schools to ensure they will better serve the needs of all students.”
As part of the Race to the Top initiative, Governor Schwarzenegger in January 2010 signed historic education reform to help change the culture of education in California by empowering parents, embracing accountability and transforming the state’s lowest-achieving schools. This bold action plan requires schools identified as persistently lowest-achieving to implement one of the four turnaround strategies. The more than $416 million in SIG funding approved today will be made available to support these schools in implementing the turnaround strategies to help ensure every student has equal access to quality education and success.
Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site (www.recovery.ca.gov) that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.