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Union will help three Richmond County high schools implement grants

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Three Richmond County high schools will receive help from the largest education union in the U.S. to enhance efforts toward increasing student achievement.

The National Education As­sociation’s Priority Schools Campaign has enlisted T.W. Josey, Lucy C. Laney and Glenn Hills high schools to help implement the three-year federal School Improvement Grants.

Each school is in its second year of the grant, and campaign Director Sheila Simmons said her goal is to bring more resources at no cost to the campuses so the grants are successful.

“We don’t want them just to be able to do the SIG grant,” she said. “We want them to be able to sustain … the success they’ve had.”

Simmons will make a presen­tation to the Richmond County Board of Education about the advocacy planned for each school at the regular board meeting today at 6 p.m. at 864 Broad St.

The campaign is active at 38 schools in 17 states and provides professional development for teachers, training to increase teacher effectiveness, home visits and community outreach.

Many of the NEA efforts are already being implemented by the schools’ SIG grants. Each school has so far received almost $2 million for resources, including training, technology and stipends for teacher compensation for more outreach.

Simmons said her group will identify what each school needs to focus on and will visit the campuses during the year. “Our work is focused on what is the sustainable element, and right now the sustainable element is … collaboration.”

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 10/18/11 - 12:42 am
Who's going to evaluate the

Who's going to evaluate the efficacy of these programs? Who's going to disseminate the findings of these evaluations directly to the residents of A-RC through the legal organ in Richmond County? When will such findings be disseminated?

Riverman1 10/18/11 - 04:56 am
It doesn't speak highly of

It doesn't speak highly of your school system when a national organization making charitable donations chooses it to help. Remember the schools are also recipients of large federal grants. It makes you wonder why some systems do so much better with less money and no grants.

Chillen 10/18/11 - 08:40 am
I wonder why a teachers union

I wonder why a teachers union would be soooo interested in Richmond County schools? Could it possibly be that.......nah, couldn't be.

Reverie 10/19/11 - 07:37 pm
The school is responsible for

The school is responsible for meeting the requirements of the federal SIG. Can a nonprofit come in and call the shots? "Many of the NEA efforts are already being implemented by the schools’ SIG grants." Can teachers be paid a stipend for doing what they were going to do under the SIG anyway? I have never heard of a nonprofit that brought a program into the RCSS that had any success that was proven to be effective. What I have seen are poorly managed schemes that suggest some kind of benefit to the students and payoff the teachers with a stipend. If I'm wrong show me the data. By the way, is the data reliable?

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