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March 18, 2014 > New Haven Board of Education update

New Haven Board of Education update

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education on March 11 received a report from the external evaluation team that reviewed initial implementation of New HavenÕs Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) grant. The District, one of only 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of EducationÕs RTT-D competition, is receiving more than $29 million over a four and one-half-year period, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers.

The evaluation team told the Board that the districtÕs summer professional development (teacher training and onsite coaching is effective, but more time is needed for Common Core State Standards knowledge-building and deeper implementation. The team also told the Board that parents feel welcome but that there are distinctions between schools being served by the Union City Kids Zone and others.

Also, the Board:

Received a presentation from the New Haven Schools Foundation, which supports District schools with scholarship and mini-grant programs and which contributed $100,000 each in 2011-12 and 2012-13 to help save co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Foundation asked Board members to consider adding NHSF service to its official list of assignments, a matter that the Board agreed to consider at an April meeting. The Foundation also invited the Board to two upcoming events: its ÒNight on the Red CarpetÓ fund-raiser March 22 and its annual scholarship luncheon April 23.

In advance of upcoming labor negotiations, received ÒsunshineÓ proposals from the District and its three bargaining units: the New Haven Teachers Association, the California School Employees Association, and the New Haven Administrators Association.

Approved the second-interim budget report for 2013-14 and multi-year projections for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Approved hiring a consultant to assist the district in assessing and evaluating the viability of bringing a bond measure before voters in November 2014, as a source of additional funding to replace the reductions created by the state budget crisis and economic downturn. The findings will be presented to the Board in May.

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