Education Secretary Arne Duncan
and President Barack Obama,
during the Obama administration.
(CNSNews.com) – Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on June 5 to obtain records from the Department of Education after the department reported the Obama administration’s $7 billion School Improvement Grants (SIG) program had “no significant impacts on math and reading test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment.”
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia because the Education Department did not comply with a FOIA request by Judicial Watch in April.
School Improvement Grants were first awarded to states starting in 1965, were reauthorized under President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program in 2002, and later became an important component of President Barack Obama’s education policies.
The primary goal of SIGs is to improve the performance of students at the country’s lowest-performing schools.
However, the Department of Education stated in its January 2017 report that “the findings in this report do not lend much support for the SIG program having achieved this goal.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “It is not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Education Department don’t want Americans to know that the billions of dollars funneled into public education programs did nothing to help children learn.”
“The new leadership at the Education Department should release these records about this Obama administration education boondoggle,” said Fitton.
This is not the first issue in the Department of Education that the government watchdog group has investigated,
Judicial Watch found that department made $6 billion in improper loan payments in 2016.