U.S. Department of Education announced that Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo Public Charter School is the recipient of a $1 million School Improvement Grant (SIG) for school years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The federal grant is designed to support Title I schools that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use them to substantially raise the achievement of students. State Education Agencies administer the SIG program by creating competitive subgrants.
Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo will be supported by Hawai'i DOE staff to ensure grant requirements are fulfilled.
The SIG program has invested more than $7 billion to transform some of the country's lowest performing schools. Nationwide, the efforts have been credited with the decline in dropout rates and an increase in graduation rates.