2007-11-30 / Community

Pheffer: Local Schools Get Big Bucks From 'Contract'

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that Community School District 27 received over $12.6 million to be dedicated in "Contract for Excellence" programs to help students close the achievement gap. The district commits to use the money to make needed improvements and increase student performance through targeted programs such as class size reduction, students spending more time on academic tasks, teacher and principal quality initiatives, and middle school and high school restructuring.

The problem of overcrowded and underperforming schools is very serious. This year, the Assembly approved a record setting amount of $712 million to improve New York City schools and require the Department of Education to use a significant part of this money to reduce class sizes in all grades.

"This is a great step forward and we will monitor how this goal is being achieved over the next 5 years and how the Department of Education complies with the intent of the funding," said Pheffer.

This year's budget marked a significant investment in our education system by finally beginning to address the court ruling in the CFE case. It included a new foundation education formula for predictable, stable and transparent funding - something the Assembly has insisted on for years.

"We need to do more for class size reduction and to meet the educational needs across the city," said Pheffer. "The 'Contract for Excellence' program builds on my commitment to education and to achieving better academic performance for our children."

The "Contract for Excellence" between the state and school districts means schools receive significant funding, but with the requirement of academic progress, as determined by existing benchmarks, to use proven strategies to improve the standards and success of our schools.

"The Governor has demonstrated a shared commitment to education. Education is the key to success, and that's why the Assembly supports raising the bar in our schools," said Pheffer. "This is just one step toward better schools and helping city schools improve and excel."

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