Education Secretary Arne Duncan has offered guidelines for school districts on how they may spend $3.5 billion from the School Improvement Fund on Title I schools. Some possibilities include: shutting down failing schools and reopening them with different teachers and administrators, management by charter schools and replacing staff at failing schools. "States and school districts have an opportunity to put unprecedented resources toward reforms that would increase graduation rates, reduce dropout rates and improve teacher quality for all students," Duncan said.

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