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Recovery Act Delivering Nearly $11 Million to Alaska Schools

Funds aimed at improving underperforming schools

In an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates in Alaska and better prepare young people for future jobs, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced $10.8 million is available to Alaska's low achieving schools.

The money is part of the $3.5 billion being made available to states as part of the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, set aside in the 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

"As an advocate for assisting struggling schools, not punishing them, I welcome this influx of money to help Alaska students succeed in some of our most fragile classrooms," Begich said. "As Congress moves toward a discussion on education reform and the failing No Child Left Behind Act, we must stay focused on the goal of improving conditions in our classrooms and doing what is best for the future of young Alaskans."

SIG funding for states is determined by formula. Schools in Alaska will compete for funding, awarded by the State of Alaska. Funding is meant for schools identified by the State of Alaska's SIG Application as performing in the bottom 5%.

For More Information:

Click Here: To view eligible schools and the State of Alaska's SIG Application.

Click Here: To view information on the State of Alaska's Recovery Act activities relating to education.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expected to bring an estimated $1.6 billion and save or create 8,000 jobs in Alaska over two years. Begich has said about 65 percent of the money will be put to work in projects across Alaska this spring. Sen. Begich was the only member of the Alaska Congressional Delegation to vote for the ARRA. More information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available at Recovery.Gov.

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