Districts were invited to apply for School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g), in order to support implementation of one of four intervention models prescribed by the USDE. To receive funding for the 2011-2012 school year, districts with identified schools must implement one of the following prescribed intervention models:
RESTART MODEL: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization.
TURNAROUND MODEL: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
TRANSFORMATION MODEL: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time and, by the end of the 2010-11 school year, amend any existing collective bargaining agreement as necessary to require that teachers (or building principals where applicable) assigned to these schools be evaluated in the 2011-12 school year and thereafter in accordance with recently enacted legislation pertaining to principal and teacher evaluation.
SCHOOL CLOSURE: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district.
Buffalo Public Schools opted for 7 Restart and 2 Transformation models yesterday at the committee meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education. But some problems ahead as the Parent Coordinating Committee Council plans to send a letter to state education officials contending they were excluded from the process. And it may present problems for district officials when they review the models they voted to implement under the SIG application, on May 9.