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For Immediate Release
Friday, June 7, 2013
Contact:JC Considine 781-338-3112

Patrick Administration Awards $9 Million to Support Turnaround Efforts in Five Underperforming Schools

MALDEN - The Patrick Administration and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today awarded nearly $9 million in federal funding to accelerate turnaround efforts in five underperforming schools in Boston, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield and to build district capacity to support and sustain this work.

Today's award is the fourth round of competitive federal grant funding to support the Commonwealth's efforts to implement school turnaround strategies that will increase student performance in the lowest performing schools. In three prior rounds of funding, the Department awarded approximately $68 million to 39 schools in 11 districts. Grants awarded for schools in this fourth round averaged $1.8 million over three years. The grants will commence in fall 2013.

"Now is the time to fulfill the promise of a great education for every child in the Commonwealth," said Governor Deval Patrick. "These grants build on our work to close the achievement gap and give every student an opportunity to succeed."

"We all know that school turnaround efforts are among the most important work happening in our nation today," said Education Secretary Matthew Malone. "These grants will give school leaders the resources they need to build better schools for our children."

"We have not seen the kind of rapid improvement in these schools necessary to ensure all students experience a high quality program of instruction," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "These turnaround grants are contingent on having the five schools implement aggressive reforms that are essential to improving outcomes for all students."

To apply for the grants, districts were required to develop proposals for funding that would adopt and implement one of four federally funded redesign models to improve student learning: (1) the Transformation model, which requires increased learning time and new evaluation systems for principals and teachers; (2) the Turnaround model, which requires that at least 50 percent of the staff be new to the school; (3) the Restart model, in which an educational management or charter organization will assume primary responsibility for turning around the school; and (4) the School Closure model.

The five schools awarded funding today were the only schools that were eligible to apply during Round 4. Each school met the funding criteria, and the Department distributed all available funds. All five schools are Level 4 ("underperforming") schools under the state's accountability system that classifies schools as Level 1-5. The five schools serve more than 2,900 students, of which 81 percent are low income, 25 percent are English language learners, and 24 percent are students with disabilities.

Following a comprehensive review process that included face-to-face interviews with district and school officials and an assessment of their capacity to do the work necessary to improve student achievement over the next three years, the Department approved all five schools for funding. The Department determined the amount of each award based on the size, scope, and score of an applicant's school redesign plan.

The following schools received funding in Round 4 (funding amounts are preliminary):

  • Boston: The English High, Turnaround model, $1,600,000
  • Boston: Mattahunt Elementary, Turnaround model, $1,800,000
  • Lawrence: Henry K. Oliver, Restart model, $2,350,000
  • New Bedford: Hayden McFadden Elementary, Transformation model, $1,200,000
  • Springfield: William N. DeBerry, Restart model, $1,500,000

Districts were also eligible to apportion funds to district-level supports for their funded schools. The following districts received funding to support the implementation of their schools' redesign plans:

  • Boston, $279,000
  • Lawrence, $129,000
  • New Bedford, $64,500
  • Springfield, $64,500

For more information on the process, including additional resources on the eligible schools and a summary of the four required federal intervention models, go to

Last Updated: June 7, 2013
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