New York State Board of Regents Dr. John B. King, Jr.

Commissioner of Education The State Education Department The University of the State of New York / Albany, NY 12234 Office of Communications

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STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $126 MILLION IN SIG FUNDING FOR 7 DISTRICTS TO SUPPORT TURNAROUND AND TRANSFORMATION EFFORTS IN 34 SCHOOLS State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today announced that seven school districts will receive more than $126 million in federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) awards to support turnaround and transformation efforts in thirty-four schools. King said that New York City will receive $74.2 million; the Buffalo City School District will receive nearly $13.1 million; the Rochester City School District will receive $22.5 million; the Utica City School District will receive $4 million; the Amsterdam City School District will receive nearly $3.9 million; the Schenectady City School District will receive $4.5 million; and the Albany City School District will receive $4.3 million. The school districts will use the grants to engage in dramatic and transformative whole-school change in their lowest performing schools. "SIG grants are an important part of the Board of Regents Reform Agenda," New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. "Too many students are struggling in low-performing schools, denied a realistic chance at success. SIG awards are targeted to help our most at-risk students so they will be prepared to graduate college and career ready. These grants are focused on improving chronically underperforming schools and raising achievement." "Many English language learners, students with disabilities, and low-income students are in schools that need to change," King said. "SIG grants can help give those students the opportunity to attend schools that are changing what’s happening in the classroom. Our goal is to prepare all students to graduate college and career ready. SIG grants are an important step toward giving students in struggling schools more opportunities to succeed." SIG awards are targeted to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in Priority Schools (Priority schools are among the lowest performing schools in the

state based on combined ELA and math performance). To receive funding, districts with identified schools must implement one of the following prescribed intervention models:

TURNAROUND MODEL: Replace the principal and at least half the staff as part of the process of phasing out and replacing the school with a new school(s) or completely redesigning the school. RESTART MODEL: Convert the school to a charter school, replace the school with a new charter school that will serve the students who would have attended the public school, or contract with an Educational Partner Organization (EPO), such as a local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), institution of higher education, or other non-profit partner organization as identified in Education Law 211-e, to govern and manage the Priority School and its implementation of the SIG plan. TRANSFORMATION MODEL: Requires replacement of the principal, but without the requirement to replace at least half the staff. Rather, the implementation of approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans would serve as the basis for rewarding effective teachers and removing ineffective teachers after ample professional development opportunities. SCHOOL CLOSURE: Close the school and enroll the students in higher achieving schools in the district.

For example, the Rochester City School District will extend learning time in each of its Transformation Schools. The Albany City School District will adopt a full service neighborhood school model with after-school programming for students and families at the Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy. New York City will provide jobembedded, authentic professional development for teachers as well as social service, extracurricular arts and sports enrichment programs through partnerships at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson. Of the forty-one eligible applications received, thirty-four schools are approved to receive SIG awards for the September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016 project period. This second round of the 2013 SIG RFP competition resulted in SIG awards totaling $126,516,610. The RFP is posted at A summary of the district awards is attached. The application process will be forwarded to the Office of the State Comptroller for review and approval. SIG aligns with the New York’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver application that the U.S. Department of Education approved on May 29, 2012 (see -30Visit Follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @JohnKingNYSED

District New York City

Award $3,067,326 $4,099,036 $3,268,453

Schools The Hunts Point School PS 123 Mahalia Jackson Cypress Hill Collegiate Preparatory School PS 15 Roberto Clemente Juan Morel Campos Secondary School JHS 291 Roland Hayes PS 107 School for Democracy and Leadership Alfred E. Smith Career Tech High School East Flatbush Community Research School The Heritage School PS 277 Bronx High School of the Visual Arts Marta Valle Secondary School DeWitt Clinton High School Martin Van Buren H.S. JHS 302 Rafael Cordero

Model Transformation Transformation Transformation

$1,377,285 $4,341,034

Transformation Transformation

$4,125,432 $3,626,526 $2,915,583

Transformation Transformation Transformation





$2,424,340 $3,460,930 $3,653,405

Transformation Transformation Transformation

$3,027,860 $4,335,726 $4,341,030 $4,240,135

Transformation Transformation Transformation Turnaround (PhaseOut JHS 302 ; PhaseIn Vista Academy and Liberty Avenue Middle School)






PS 50 Clara Barton

Turnaround (PhaseOut PS 50; Phase-In Fairmont Neighborhood Schools)


Jonathan Levin High School for Turnaround (PhaseOut Jonathan Levin; Media and Communications Phase-In New
Directions Secondary School)


PS 64 Pura Belpre

Turnaround (PhaseOut PS 64; Phase-In Walton Avenue School & Lucero Elementary School)


MS 142 John Philip Sousa

Turnaround (PhaseOut MS 142; Phase-In Bronx Alliance Middle School)


Performance School

Turnaround (PhaseOut Performance School; Phase-In Concourse Village Elementary School)


$4,493,709 $4,285,756 $4,299,888

School #95 Waterfront School #66 North Park School #76 Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy

Transformation Transformation Transformation

District Rochester

Award $4,500,000

Schools Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School School #45 Mary McLeod Bethune Northwest College Prep High School School #3 Nathaniel Rochester James Monroe High School

Model Transformation





$4,500,000 $4,500,000

Transformation Transformation

Utica Amsterdam Schenectady Albany

$4,009,452 $3,891,406 $4,500,000 $4,316,933

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary William B. Tecler Arts in Education Hamilton Elementary Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy

Transformation Transformation Transformation Transformation

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