Hartford To Receive $4.8 Million In Additional ECS Funding — Largest Increase In The State

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 18     October 26th, 2012

Hartford To Receive $4.8 Million In Additional ECS Funding — Largest Increase In The State

Hartford Public Schools will receive an additional $4.8 million in Education Cost Sharing funds this year as one of the state Alliance Districts whose applications for the monies have been approved by the Connecticut Department of Education.
The grant, the largest by far of any in the state, was made available as a result of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Education Reform legislation that was approved by the Connecticut General Assembly in the spring.
Gov. Malloy and state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor announced the grant approval earlier today.
“This is thrilling news for our families,” Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto said. “We’ve already seen how the reform strategies we put in place six years ago have been closing the achievement gap through improved test scores and graduation rates. The grant will allow us to accelerate the pace of reaching our goal of preparing every Hartford student for a successful college and career experience.”
To receive the funding, districts had to submit detailed reform plans to increase student achievement, drawn from a list of strategies that were spelled out in the measures that were passed by the General Assembly, approaches such as talent development, K-3 literacy, extended instructional time, parent and community engagement and Pre-K and full-day kindergarten.
In Hartford’s case, the Alliance funds are designed to strengthen the district’s Third Grade Promise initiative for student literacy; prepare for the introduction of the district’s new teacher evaluation system; deploy teams of education intervention specialists at each school; and assign school quality officers to train and support principals at select schools.
“Hartford’s application was exemplary in a number of ways, including the fact that individual high-impact initiatives are deployed in service of a unified strategy,” Commissioner Pryor said. “I commend Dr. Kishimoto and her team for crafting a high-quality plan, and for faithfully working with the Department throughout the Alliance District process. Thanks to the Superintendent’s plan, these state investments will make a significant difference for Hartford students.”

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