Lowest-Performing School Districts Get Info on Additional Funding

Districts have until August to apply for funding as a part of the state's new education reform package, according to the Hartford Courant. Region 14 and Region 15 schools were not on the list.


Officials from Connecticut's 30 lowest-performing public school districts met with state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor in Hartford on Monday 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 Pryor, 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 08:57 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!
Sean M June 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM
The problem is not money, but other factors such as condition of the home (is the mom and dad there), desire and preparation of children to learn, among others. The schools that fail should be disbanded and allow the parents to take their money to the school that fills their needs. The result of this money is more unionized teachers and administrators, which gives more dues to union bosses. That is what this is all about.


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