Hagan seeks to reward improving schools

Posted March 15, 2013

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said during a Friday visit to Hillside High School that she has introduced legislation to reward schools that make significant progress to close the achievement gap.

The School Turnaround and Rewards Act would create a competitive grant program for the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools. States would receive funds to implement an intervention model, which must ensure significant changes to the structure and operation of the school.

“We do not have to accept continued failure in our schools, and the STAR Act will equip our lowest-performing schools and districts with the tools they need to turn around and get our students on the right track," Hagan said in a statement.

The bill also would reward schools that are making significant progress in closing their achievement gap. States would compete for federal funding to design innovative programs to reward high-poverty schools and districts that have successfully reached their targets on increasing performance for all students.

“It’s time to stop punishing schools and start rewarding them for the progress they’re making," Hagan said. "Hillside High School serves as a model for turning around a once-struggling school, and my legislation will help build on and replicate this progress at schools and districts across our state and around the country."

Hillside High was one of 17 schools that received School Improvement Grants in 2011. Composite achievement scores increased by 21 percent from 2010 to 2011, student suspension rates decreased and attendance rates increased.


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  • kermit60 Mar 18, 2013

    superman: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe we should do it with all public service. The police, fire, would be a good place to start. You call the police because someone broke into your house? They could charge you a couple thousand for the investigation. Or you could decide just not to report it. Same for the fire department. Why should your neighbor have to pay taxes for this stuff. His house wasn't broken into.

  • kermit60 Mar 18, 2013

    No where in the Constitution does it empower the federal government to control or manage state schools. Someone asked where the money will come from. The answer is simple, from the taxpayers. Maybe the schools would have the money they need if the feds didn't take it in the first place. But then they couldn't "reward" us and give us our money back when we did what they wanted us to do. They act like they are being so giving but the truth is they are just returning the money they took from us in the form of federal taxes.

  • superman Mar 15, 2013

    How about taxing parents who have children and force them to pay for their childs education. There are some people in this country who dont have children and dont give a "hoot" about feeding and educating your offspring.

  • davisgw Mar 15, 2013

    Is is getting close to election time for her so the dog and pony show start. To little to late for me I have already decided to vote for aanyone who runs but her.

  • maybelle Mar 15, 2013

    And the money to fund this is comming from where?

  • That Explains It Mar 15, 2013

    Odd that in the 4 years as Senator, we have heard so little about Mrs. Hagan. I suppose a Blue Senator in a Red State deserves as much cover as the media can afford. But, 2014 is just around the corner so it's time for the Circus Promotion to begin for our good junior senator. On with the show!

  • That Explains It Mar 15, 2013

    So true, so true whatelseisnew. "Rewarding improving schools"... hey, who could be against that? I guess the headline "Hagan works to provide taxpayer funded kickbacks to Teacher's Unions" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

  • mep Mar 15, 2013

    THROW MORE TAXPAYER MONEY AT THE PROBLEM... and hope it gets better. Same thing we have been doing for decades... with little to no improvement. Time for some options beyond the failing public education system.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 15, 2013

    "U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said during a Friday visit to Hillside High School that she has introduced legislation to reward schools that make significant progress to close the achievement gap."

    Ah yes, ever more Federal level discrimination, and ever more wasting of money in the Public school sewer.