WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama is going after schools that flunk the test. The president intends to use $5 billion to prod local officials into closing failing schools and reopening them with new teachers and principals.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the goal is to turn around 5,000 failing schools in the next five years. That could translate to $1 million for every school targeted for turnaround. The plan is to beef up funding for the federal school turnaround program, created by the No Child Left Behind law, which gets about $500 million a year. The stimulus legislation boosted funding to $3.5 billion.