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Lowest-Performing School Districts Get Info on Additional Funding

Districts, including Stamford and Norwalk, have until August to apply for funding as a part of the state's new education reform package, according to the Hartford Courant.

 

Officials from Connecticut's 30 lowest-performing public school districts met with state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor in Hartford on Wednesday to discuss the details of a $39.5 million conditional funding program that is part of the state's new education reform package, according to the Hartford Courant.

Along with a Boston-based non-profit organization, the meeting discuss ways in which superintendents could utilize the funds, including extending school hours and enhancing literary programs. The districts have until July 13 to submit preliminary applications and Aug. 15 for final applications. According to Pryer, the state is looking to have applications approved by Aug. 31..

The National Center on Time & Learning will also assist five qualifying districts in creating a plan to extend school hours. The organization will choose those districts by July 29.

The 30 lowest-performing schools in the state include Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury, Middletown, Naugatuck, Manchester, East Haven, Hamden, Vernon, Meriden, New London and New Haven.

MAC June 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Will someone please explain how giving extra taxpayer $$$ to FAILING districts is not rewarding "failure," and thus in a sense punishing the successful districts?!! This is another part of the whole "redistribution of wealth" and 'getting more of what you incentivize' syndromes. The FAILED "war on poverty," which has to date redistributed 16 TRILLIONS of $$$ to the "poor" has not yet lowered poverty rates in this country. The answers to our problems are not found in more and bigger government programs and spending--which means more TAXES and more BORROWING!!--in and by CT and the federal government!
Kendall L Owott June 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
MAC, you said, in a Fairfield Patch post: “No amount of money (it has already been proven in this country) is going to compensate when children grow up in homes with uneducated or unmotivated parents, or a single mom on welfare, who didn't even graduate from high school. (Yes, there are rare exceptions!)” There are plenty of students whose parents who didn’t graduate from high school or grade school, for that matter. These students went on to gain higher education and financial success, too. The GI bill after WWII changed the ball game for many vets and their families. The GI bill, for those who aren’t familiar, was based on government money and allowed ex-military to become college students when they could not otherwise. Students who are smart enough to win scholarships to private, high quality schools are not required to come from educated families. It is only the lack of money that prevents their attendance at private schools, not their lack of intelligence. General statements require good understanding of the facts and how to express them. Even people with little education can make correct statements.
Tom June 13, 2012 at 07:48 AM
The problem is not that they need more money. The problem is in how the school districts are being managed. In the private sector, when a company doesn't perform the leadership is thrown out! I say its time to clean house. Seems pretty simple to me.

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