Springfield Public Schools Awarded 4.3 Million to Improve Extended Learning Time, Teacher Training
Massachusetts education officials have awarded 4.3 million dollars in grants to 8 Springfield public schools to complete re-design plans for improving students academic performance. School Superintendent Alan Ingram says the grants will help maintain programs already underway at so-called Level 4 schools categorized by the state as under-performing in student assessment tests. Ingram says the money will be used to provide added extended learning time for students, many of whom are dealing with socio-economic issues outside the classroom that impede their school work.
"There are wrap-around services where we bring service agencies to the school to provide a network of services either for the social, emotional or safety needs of students."
Tim Collins, head of the Springfield Teachers Union says the money also allows for more teacher training and preparation.
"What makes the difference is the time and the effort that the teachers and administration in those schools have put in to try and use the money in an effective way to get these kids filling some of the gaps that they've had in their educational careers and bring them closer to where they should be."
A decision on funding for two more Level 4 schools in the city, including the High School of Commerce, is still pending. But Ingram says both schools have shown improvement in student achievement scores, and he's confident they will also receive grants.