Connecticut Grants Money To Low-Performing Schools

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The state has granted more than $6.6 million to low-performing schools across Connecticut.

Commissioner Stefan Pryor made the announcement today at Lincoln-Bassett Elementary School in New Haven that the money would help 28 schools in 10 districts for the 2014 to 2015 school year.

“It’s about time because we’ve known for too long where the individual struggling schools are, said Pryor. “The state has been on the sidelines in the process of promoting individual school turnaround. Now we’re getting in there, we’re working in partnership with school districts and we’re helping to get the job done.”

The money comes from three grants, which are funded by both federal and state money, and was awarded based on a competitive application process, according to a press release from the Connecticut State Department of Education.

New Haven Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said the money will go to a range of things, from staff and support to before and after school programs.

“Our students might be off in the playgrounds or in summer programs,” said Harries. “We are working hard, the state is working hard, to make sure that as they come back to classrooms here at Lincoln-Bassett, as they come back to classrooms across the city, we are that much better prepared for them to rise in success in whatever that means to their lives.”

Here is the breakdown of grants, courtesy of the Connecticut State Department of Education:

High School Redesign Grant:

District: School: Amount:
Derby Public Schools Derby High School $496,040
New Haven School District James Hillhouse High School $500,000
New Britain School District New Britain High School $449,400

1003(a) Competitive Grant:

District: School: Amount:
Bloomfield Bloomfield High School $200,000
Bridgeport  Cesar Batalla School $200,000
Geraldine Johnson School $200,000
Columbus School $182,282
Tisdale School $130,000
East Hartford Anna E. Norris School $200,000
Hartford  McDonough Elementary School $200,000
Americas Choice at SAND $130,000
Burns Latino Studies Academy $130,000
Meriden John Barry School $100,000
Middletown Bielefield School $130,000
New Britain  Smalley Academy $200,000
Northend School $130,000
Smith School $130,000
Pulaski Middle School $100,000
Slade Middle School $100,000
New Haven  Katherine Brennan School $200,000
Clemente Leadership Academy $200,000
Hill Central Music Academy $200,000
John S. Martinez School $100,000
Wexler/Grant Community School $100,000
Augusta Lewis Troup School $100,000
James Hillhouse High School $200,000
West Rock Author’s Academy $100,000
New London  New London High School $200,000
Jennings School $130,000

SIG 1003(g) grant:

District: School: Amount per year:
New Haven West Rock Author’s Academy $307,130
Meriden John Barry School $307,130
New Britain Pulaski Middle School $307,130
New Britain Slade Middle School $307,130

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