Collins, King Announce More Than $1.5 Million to Help Improve Maine Schools

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Education will award a total of $1,518,333 in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to Maine to help improve high school graduation rates and narrow achievement gaps in public schools across the state.

“We must ensure that all students have the resources they need to meet their goals and broaden their academic horizons,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This funding will be vital to transforming schools that need the most support, improving opportunities for students and helping them to achieve success.”

The Maine Department of Education will award the SIG funds directly to local school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to using the funds to raise student achievement. Since 2009 the SIG program has invested over $7 billion to transform more than 1,800 of the country’s lowest performing schools