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.
To view details, visit http://ccf.ny.gov/Comm/CommResources/CCF_SED_CommunitySchools_Plan.pdf
To view the application, go to: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2013-community-schools-grant-initiative/home.html