Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In the News: Franklin covers K grant funding to schools, DESE reporting updated

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council has voted to restore more than $160,000 in full-day kindergarten funding to the schools after the state cut its grant in support of the program. 
The council at its meeting on Sept. 21 was asked to transfer the money - $162,350 - to the school budget. Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting explained the matter. 
"The schools have been receiving a kindergarten grant in support of staffing for full-day kindergarten," he said. "This year - at the last moment and even though the governor proposed to continue it - ultimately eliminated the grant." 
As the final state budget was approved well after the town adopted its budget, Nutting said, the schools were not prepared for losing such a sum."

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"An increasing number of schools are getting high grades from the state. 
Approximately 32 percent of Massachusetts public schools are in the top tier of the state’s five-level rating system for 2016, the most since the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education debuted the system in 2012.
This year, 517 schools achieved the best status, Level 1, compared to 468 in 2015, according to data the state released Monday. Level 1 schools are meeting goals for academic achievement and closing performance gaps among students of different racial, socioeconomic, linguistic or disability backgrounds. The ratings are based on standardized test scores, graduation rates, participation rates and other data points."

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