Outlines lessons from the FY 2009 funding process and failed strategies to turn around failing schools, including the importance of accountability for student achievement and innovative partnerships. Offers advice on application design and implementation.
- Observation: Ensure that funding goes to schools willing to implement bold new strategies to improve student achievement
- Observation: Enforce accountability -- if schools are not meeting benchmarks, take away their funding
- Observation: Encourage districts to use Lead Partners to assistant principals with school turnaround
- Observation: Communication -- to administrators, teachers, parents, and community members -- is vital to ensuring a successful program implementation