​The White House announces $375 Million for Next-Generation High Schools

Policy and Government

​The White House announces $375 Million for Next-Generation High Schools

Nov 10, 2015

THE HIGH SCHOOL CONUNDRUM: High school may be getting something of a makeover. On November 10, the White House announced $375 million in public and private support for efforts aimed at redesigning US high schools. The endeavor bundles together six federal programs and almost 30 private initiatives. The announcement was a result of the first White House Summit on Next-Generation High Schools, a movement started in 2013 to rethink schools in order to offer young people the opportunity to access an education more connected to the 21st century needs, including personalized and hands-on learning.

The list of federal commitments include a yet-to-be-launched $20 million grant for innovative projects related to school reform, a series of recommendations on how to adopt personalized learning and a playbook with resources to help schools redesign themselves. Among the private initiatives is an IBM agreement to open 25 more P-Tech schools, a high school model originally launched in New York that connects students with IBM mentors and confers on them a two year postsecondary degree in a STEM field along with a high school diploma.

The collection of efforts presents a basket of projects that are somewhere in between future intentions and real commitments. All bets are off.

Learn more about EdSurge operations, ethics and policies here. Learn more about EdSurge supporters here.

More from EdSurge

Get our email newsletterSign me up
Keep up to date with our email newsletterSign me up