A federal program that pumped a record $3 billion into failing schools has shown mixed early results, with more than one-third of the targeted schools doing worse after receiving funding, according to initial government results released Monday.
With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the spending package to stimulate the economy — Congress carved out $3 billion for school improvement grants. The Obama administration awarded up to $2 million to each of more than 1,300 of the country’s worst schools, the greatest federal investment ever targeted at failing schools. The money is being spent in phases over three years.
The data released Monday reflected test scores in about 730 schools in the 2010-2011 school year, the first year the schools received the funds. The government said more comprehensive data will be made public in January.
Locally, schools receiving the funds include four in Prince George’s County, 13 public schools and one public charter school in the District and one high school in Alexandria.