More than 13,000 struggling schools have benefited from the federal School Improvement Grant program, which was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some, however, are questioning what will become of the improvement efforts as the $3.5 billion in SIG funding runs out as expected at the end of the 2012-13 school year. "Schools are optimistic and report that they're learning about what works well," said Diane Rentner, deputy director at the Center on Education Policy, which conducted recent studies on the program. "Unfortunately, oftentimes it does come down to having the resources."
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