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Windsor Schools Get Big Funding Boost

As one of the 30 lowest-performing districts in the state, Windsor has been awarded additional funding from the state to aid in improvement efforts.

The State Department of Education announced Wednesday that Windsor has been approved to receive $306,985 as a part of the state's Alliance District program, which aims to "provide new resources to the districts in greatest need."

The state identified 30 of the state's lowest-performing districts for potential participation in the program.

The funding approval provides a significant boost in Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds to the town, which saw a 1 percent overall increase in the education budget.

According to the state, Windsor "plans to consolidate, coordinate, and streamline its data-collection and utilization system in order to provide meaningful and actionable data to teachers and school leaders."

The funds will be used, the state said, to hire a district data coordinator and to start a Leadership Development Academy.

The academy will provide board of Windsor education members, teachers and administrators with professional development, mentoring, and school administration and instructional leadership coaching, according to the state.

Jan Porri September 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
And how much of the money will be used to get parents to become more involved with their student and the school system. If education does not begin at home - all the money in the world won't make these kids want to learn.
R Eleveld September 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
That is one of the issue I have mentioned in the past. It is a 4 legged stool, Parents, Students, Teachers/Administrators, and tax payers. The latter would arguably be doing there jobs. Are the parents? Are the Teachers/Administrators? Are the Students? I went to an interesting discussion with the Foundation for Excellence in Education [http://www.excelined.org]. I am awaiting the release of a video and I will write something on what I learned.
L. Sammartano September 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Are you joking! Do parents know that this year the four elementary schools have decided to decimate the in school tutoring program that hundreds of children have relied upon. That's right parents -- Windsor Public Schools no longer has tutors available to help stuggling students. No problem, with the money saved there, we can hire a district data coordinator. That should help the kids. (Oh yes, the increased class sizes that resulted from the restructuring should help our children also!) Now our teachers have larger classes to deal with and less support. Give me a break!
Windsor School Graduate December 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
People better wake up and realize our schools are a mess. Not because of the teachers, but I do blame the people running the show here. All the money in the world is not going to fix a problem like this. You can call me whatever you want, but until the kids have better supervision at home and learn how to act in school, it will never end. I recently read the article about the teen who thought she/he was entitled to a new car with a big red bow sitting in the driveway Christmas day. That he/she worked hard at getting good grades etc. and deserved it.................. Well, that's what you are supposed to be doing in school !!!!!!! This is the mentality today. Are they seeing our leaders display the same. It's happening - lets fix it with more money from the state (going broke) and from someone who nobody knows anything about! Yes, there is a problem but I do believe from what I have been reading - you don't have to pay this person to do this, especially if there are going to be no results. What's the point???? Perhaps its time to get new people on the board.

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