Eight large school districts could lose federal grants for not complying with requirements

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Eight of the 10 school districts who are receiving School Improvement Grants could lose the money if they don’t meet Saturday’s deadline to provide evidence they have made the necessary changes to their evaluation systems for teachers and principals, state Education Commissioner John King said in a statement today. Millions of dollars in federal funding are in jeopardy, he said.

Rochester and Syracuse have submitted materials to the state for review. New York City, Buffalo, Y0nkers, Albany, Schenectady, Roosevelt, located in Nassau County, Poughkeepsie and Greenburgh 11, located in Westchester County, have not.

“These funds are targeted to help troubled schools. The last thing the students need is to lose resources because the adults who run these schools won’t fulfill their responsibilities,” King said. “The clock is ticking. When the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve, the money drops off the table, and it will be difficult to get it back.”

The state will move to suspend the School Improvement Grants Jan. 1 for districts that haven’t submitted their materials, he said.

Approving the districts’ applications for SIG money was based partly on signed commitments they submitted that said they would work with unions for teachers and principals to revise collective-bargaining agreements for evaluations, King said.

“These districts and their local unions have known about this deadline. Now they all have to get moving and agree on revised evaluations. Losing these funds should not be an option,” he said.

Not complying with Saturday’s deadline also could compromise federal Teacher Incentive Funds and Race to the Top funding, according to King.

 

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  1. Race to the Top? Should be called “Race to the Mop.” Why not throw another ten billion at a system that has consistently proved itself an unenlightened money pit?

  2. Well! What can I say… ! This is an evident factor with the Conducts of These elements in the Local Political Setups called School Districts…This is Perfect! It’s good that they lost the Federal Grant …May, I again remind The Taxpayers that the School Taxes are Unconstitutional! These Districts are not allowed to collect taxes. But,if Batbers become Law Makers and Form Laws above the Supremacy of The Law of The Land! And, the Gropees thinks is fine under the pretexts of Community and continue the extortions from People of America and also bring a Tincup for School Budget! Who am I to comment!

    What needs is that these School Districts be scrapped too! Its a hoax in disguse of Education. Everyone is reading the episodes in Clarkstown School District right? It’s just one that surfaced!

    It’s amazing!
    HABIBHASAN-AN American Storyteller