ED Awards School Improvement Grants to 20 Additional States: Last week, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced 20 new recipients of the States in School Improvement Grants. These grants help turn around low-performing schools, and to date, the department has awarded more than $90 million in 41 states. The grants will help states take a greater role in developing and delivering comprehensive leadership and technical assistance to help reform schools and districts that are not making adequate yearly progress. The Department of Education will award a total of $125 million in School Improvement Grants this year. The allocation of funds is based on the Title I allocation for each state. The 20 states to receive awards include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Additional information can be found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/stateletters/schimpfundappl.pdf.