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State Education Department Names “Struggling Schools,” 18 in Syracuse

By Staff


nysed-logo-textThe State Education Department has announced 144 New York schools, in 17 school districts, have been identified as “struggling schools,” or “persistently struggling schools,” and will be placed into superintendents’ receivership.

Eighteen of those schools, including one which has been deemed as “persistently struggling,” are in Syracuse.

Grant Middle School has been named as a persistently struggling school in the Syracuse City School District.

“In these schools, whole generations of students have been left behind,” State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia stated. “As a former school superintendent, I know how important it will be for superintendents to use their new authority to develop robust plans to improve student performance. Superintendents have an obligation to act on conditions that have persisted for too long in these schools.”

Under the state’s new receivership model, superintendents will be given one year to improve persistently struggling schools, and two years for struggling schools. Then, if the schools show no improvement, superintendents will be required to appoint an independent receiver from outside the district, and submit the appointment to the state for approval.

In April 2015, the legislature, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, created a new section of state education law pertaining to school receivership. The Board of Regents approved new regulations to implement the law in June.

Ultimately, of the 144 schools the state identified, 124 have been designated as struggling, and 20 as persistently struggling.

According to officials, 62 of the schools are in New York City, 14 are in Rochester, and 25 are in Buffalo.