Schools can vie for $500,000 grants for community programs


Thirty schools will be eligible for up to $500,000 in state grants through a new community-schools program launched Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo outlined the plan in his State of the State address in January as a way to help struggling communities with additional services for children and their families through the school districts.

The program is being modeled after other successful initiatives in the country, including the Harlem Children’s Zone, that provide an expanded range of help from ailing families, such as health services and counseling.

Schools have until Sept. 18 to apply for the money. The $500,000 would be paid out over three years.

“NYS Community Schools will help give New York students and families a brighter future by transforming our public schools into community institutions that serve the needs of our neighborhoods,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The state Council on Children and Families and the state Education Department have developed the application and program details.

New York doles out more than $20 billion in school aid each year to more than 700 school districts. New York spends the most per capita in the nation—$19,076 per student, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

An Education Reform Commission formed by Cuomo recommended the community school initiative.

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  1. For the price of a year in a NYS grammar school, you can send five of your kids to Westchester Community College.

  2. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    . . . so! The Property Owners are not going to be charged taxes twice. . . Mr.Governor?
    We the People understand that ” they have to pay taxés” because that is a ” Foundation of Social Contract ” as many who ( prior to 21st Century ) studied ” Political Science” as a Subject.


    Later! ( i.e after the 2nd World War ) There came ” Districts” namely, the Schools Districts. . . Now the Property Owners have to pay taxes in Tappan School District whose Board Members are ” individuals who don’t send their own Children to that school” . . . And, please don’t be shocked are ” individuals ” ( of course elected ) as per the appearance. . . Who presumably, have thier ” own Faith Based Schools” in Money, NY!
    And, the Common Sense is absent.

    Well! ( in private ) a few such individuals say they have nothing in common with American Christianity! But, why are they controlling the Schools and The Property Owners are taxed twice!

    Now this Governor cimes in and announces $ 500,000 ! So why does the Governor not put a 2% Cap and President Sequestration ( where 9000 US Marines ) been cut ! And, 49.Federal Judges of The United States are doing Press Conference . . ..and this Governor is sending $500,000.! What happened to the School Budgets? Where is that money going? Free Lunches ( giving out a slice of Regular Pizza to the kids) and charging off ( probably ) $50 a Child that they gave them a Lamb Stake of a Cow T-.BBone? Oh! My God. . . .