Spared schools not eligible for federal funds

April 5, 2012 3:14:06 PM PDT
It's the list no school wants to be on. The schools New York City plans to shut down because they're not performing.

Last week, seven schools once on that list were spared.

They improved so if they can do it so can other schools.

Harlem Renaissance is a transfer high school; one of several created for students who have failed at other schools, and it is among 33 struggling schools, in line for federal funds to improve years of poor performance.

But after failing to reach a required agreement with the Teachers Union on a system for evaluating teachers, the Department of Education applied for a process called "Turnaround".

The Turnaround model would release those federal funds without a deal, but Harlem Renaissance and the other schools would, basically, no longer exist.

But after a closer look at the school's programs and following public hearings, Harlem Renaissance and six other schools are off the Turnaround list.

A city hall protest Thursday called for an end to the Turnaround process.

The bad news for schools saved from Turnaround is that they are no longer eligible for federal money.

But, the DOE says it will find a way to help those schools continue their progress.

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