Schools with reform plans get federal grant funds

The New Jersey Department of Education released a statement yesterday announcing the award of $45.3 million in federal School Improvement Grants to help improve 12 of the lowest-performing schools in the Garden State.

For a school to be considered for a grant, the district had to submit plans that required replacing ineffective principals and developing a redesigned curriculum, according to the release. Schools applying for the grant were required to choose one of four models of reform provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Two schools in Jersey City, Snyder High School and School 41, will receive a total of nearly $9 million in federal grant funds to be used over a three-year period.

The Jersey City schools selected the "Turnaround Model," which, in addition to replacing the principal, requires them to rehire no more than 50 percent of the staff.

"Some painful steps will be required to implement these bold reforms," said Commissioner Schundler. "But these schools are ready to break from the status quo."

For the full release, click here.

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