Buffalo’s five persistently struggling schools receive $1.75 million

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An injection of funds could help five of Buffalo’s schools that have been marked as persistently struggling.

New Buffalo Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash announced on Monday his new school district received help by the tune of $1.75 million in Race to the Top funds. The funds were approved for Buffalo by New  York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The funds will directly be used to aid Buffalo’s lowest performing schools in ways that will improve the integration of technology in classrooms for learning purposes.

Cash outlined a set of goals for the funds for each of the five schools:

  • Increasing literacy and numeracy skills for early childhood through middle school.
  • Targeted intervention for students with disabilities and English language learners.
  • Blended learning to help prepare students in grade nine for high school.
  • Aiding older high school students in graduation
  • Professional development for teachers

The financial support is the first since the schools fell into receivership. A New York State Department of Education official said New York State has a total of $75 million available for all of its persistently struggling schools.

A list outlining struggling and persistently struggling schools identified 20 persistently failing schools across New York State — 25 percent of which are in Buffalo.

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