The state has announced that the City has won nearly $75 million in federal grants to help schools improve as part of the School Improvement Grants program. Over the next three years, sixteen schools will divide $20 million to improve their status using the “transformation” model. This model requires the schools to replace their principals, implement new teacher training and experiment with an extended school day. According to GothamSchools, fourteen other schools will receive the remaining $55 million under the “turnaround” model. This strategy will require the schools to replace their principal and most of their teachers.
Students Chancellor Dennis Walcott praised the new grants:
“The additional dollars will support students at schools that are phasing out, provide resources to bolster interventions in schools that are struggling, and help new schools deliver great outcomes.”