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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 06:32 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!!--in and by Hartford and D.C.!

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