Assemblywoman Jacobs Joins in Announcing New Supports For Struggling Students

$132,600 for Our Schools Will Fund Additional Tutoring, After-School, Weekend Instruction
January 21, 2011
Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) joins Mayor Bloomberg and other New York City officials in announcing that New York City has set aside $10 million to give extra help to tens of thousands of students who failed standardized exams last year after the state raised the standards for passing.

The money will be distributed among 532 schools and will benefit nearly 50,000 fourth through eighth graders and will go to four schools in the 42nd Assembly District. P.S. 181, M.S. 246 Walt Whitman, P.S. 139 and P.S. 269 will all receive large grants.

State law requires school districts to offer extra help to all students who failed the tests in English and math, but the state waived the requirement this year because so many more students had failed at a time when districts were already cutting budgets.

The money will be disbursed in amounts ranging from $6,000 to $65,000, and it will be up to principals to decide how to use it, whether on small-group classes, on individual lessons or on books and Web-based programs.

Across the state, far more students failed English or math tests last year than in 2009, and more than half of public school students in New York City failed their English exams. Two-thirds had passed in 2009.

The city had been providing help to students — an extra 37.5 minutes of instruction each day — who would have failed the tests under the older, easier standards. But the money will still not reach every student who failed a test in 2010.

The $10 million is reserved for schools where at least two-thirds of students failed one or both tests last year.

“While we continue to work through these tough economic times, we must use our limited resources in a focused manner that helps the students that are most in need – and these new funds will help us do just that,” said Jacobs.