Federal grants target education ‘from birth through college’

“We do recognize that a high-quality school is important to have at the center, but it doesn’t have to be a charter school,” said Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement. “It has to be a school that’s focused on producing those really strong outcomes for students.”

With a smaller budget, most Promise Neighborhoods will have to rely on a variety of organizations to provide the stream of services leaders have in mind, rather than running everything themselves.

“The question remains, is it scalable?” Knowles said. “Geoff Canada is an extraordinary leader. How much of it is dependent on Geoff Canada? How much of it is dependent on having Wall Street in your backyard?”

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