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NH Department of Education Receives $1.3 Million for School Improvement

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a $1.3 million dollar grant to the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) to continue its efforts in supporting the state’s lowest-performing schools by providing another round of School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds. This is the third award of SIG funding for the state and allows the NHDOE to sponsor its third cohort of SIG schools. The SIG grant is authorized under Title I, section 1003(g), of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In response to the award, Commissioner Virginia Barry said, “This award will provide funds to those schools in NH communities that face significant challenges. We will dedicate these resources to support the efforts of educators, parents, and districts in preparing their students for future success.”

Through a competitive grant process, the NHDOE will award sub-grants to local schools that demonstrate the greatest need and strongest commitment to provide adequate resources in order to substantially raise the achievement of students in their low-performing schools. Since the NHDOE has received an ESEA Flexibility Waiver, this grant applies to schools that have been selected as Title I Priority Schools that have not previously received SIG funds.

The application process for the SIG grant is as follows:

May 5, 2014
LEA intent to apply and planning grant request due to NHDOE
May 9, 2014 NHDOE reviews and approves the planning grants
June 2, 2014 Complete LEA application due to the NHDOE
June 2- June 13, 2014 Three step application review
July 1, 2014 LEA grants awarded by the NHDOE

The NHDOE welcomes questions and comments. Please email Kathryn Nichol at the following address:

Information regarding priority schools can be found at School Improvement Grant (SIG) Information can be found at

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