In November, the U.S. Department of Education released an analysis of  the early results of the federal School Improvements Grants program, a $3 billion effort to turn around failing schools.

The results have been described as mixed

Two-thirds of the schools made gains in math or reading scores, but the other third saw achievement decline. Program supporters contend that one year of data is not enough to draw conclusions about the program. Critics ask whether taxpayers should expend a single cent more on what they deem a failed experiment.

In this discussion, hosted by the Fordham Institute, Andy Smarick, Carmel Martin, and Jean-Claude Brizard debate the issue.

-Education Next

Last updated January 3, 2013