Tue, Jan 18, 2011
Save Our Schools Campaign Wins Services for Struggling Students
Today, the DOE has shown that it has heard the voices of parents from the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, and the Save Our Schools campaign,â€ť said Zakiyah Ansari, parent leader, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ).
â€śNow, tens of thousands of students in 532 schools will get additional support to help them get on track for college and career success. We hope this is the beginning of a renewed commitment to our most struggling students by all the stakeholdersâ€”the DOE, the unions, the City Council Speaker, and the parents of CEJ.â€ť CFE is an active member of the Save Our Schools Campaign.
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, SPEAKER QUINN, CHANCELLOR BLACK AND UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS PRESIDENT MULGREW ANNOUNCE NEW
$10 Million Will Fund Additional Tutoring, After-School Lessons, and Weekend Instruction at 532 Schools Across the City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew today announced a program to further help students who did not meet the standards on last yearâ€™s English and math exams. The Department of Education will direct an additional $10 million to 532 schools where more than two-thirds of students performed below grade level on New York Stateâ€™s proficiency tests. Schools may use their additional funds for a range of services, such as: tutoring during the day; small group lessons after school; weekend instruction; and the purchase of supplemental materials, including web-based programming.
â€śTodayâ€™s announcement of strategic support for students performing below grade level is a smart move,â€ť said Council Speaker Quinn. â€śI want to thank Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Black as well as former Chancellor Klein, who I met with on this matter, for following up on and delivering a wise investment that will empower students who are most in need.â€ť
â€śWith a tight budget and tough choices ahead, we need to make the best use of our resources â€“ by focusing on the children who need it most,â€ť said Chancellor Black. â€śJust as we are committed to setting higher standards, we must be equally committed to helping our kids meet them.â€ť
â€śAs budget cuts have crippled our tutoring and afterschool programs, we need all the resources we have to help struggling students and schools,â€ť UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.
â€śToday, the DOE has shown that it has heard the voices of parents from the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, and the Save Our Schools campaign,â€ť said Zakiyah Ansari, parent leader, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ). â€śNow, tens of thousands of students in 532 schools will get additional support to help them get on track for college and career success. We hope this is the beginning of a renewed commitment to our most struggling students by all the stakeholdersâ€”the DOE, the unions, the City Council Speaker, and the parents of CEJ.â€ť
After New York State raised the bar for proficiency on the annual tests, rates dropped across the state, and more New York City students scored at levels 1 or 2, rather than at levels 3 and 4. For each of the 532 schools eligible for additional funds, the City will measure how many more students did not pass last springâ€™s tests compared to the exams during the 2008-09 school year; each allocation will be based on that difference. The largest amount that any school will receive is $65,000, while the smallest is $6,000. Each school will be expected to submit a plan to its school support network, and each will receive a sample list of programs from which they may choose. Schools may use their allocation for:
â€˘ Push-in/pull-out tutoring during the school day, funded per session;
Contact: Stu Loeser / Jessica Scaperotti (212) 788-2958
Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
CFE v. State of New York
In 2006, after 13 years in the Courts, the New York State Court of Appeals affirmed the right of every public school student in New York to the opportunity for a sound basic education and the stateâ€™s responsibility to adequately fund this right, but deferred to the Governor and the Legislature to determine the appropriate amount. more >