The holidays are around the corner—and we want to send you off into Winter Recess (Monday, December 23, 2019—Wednesday, January 1, 2020) with some good news. And it all began in the Bronx!
Last year, Chancellor Carranza, Mayor de Blasio, and UFT President Michael Mulgrew launched the Bronx Plan, which is bringing a new set of powerful supports to 50 schools that have been historically under-resourced—primarily in the Bronx, with additional schools in Brownsville and East New York, as well as the Rockaways. These supports included the adoption of the Bronx Plan Collaborative Schools Model, which facilitates cooperative decision-making between teachers and principals, a $7,200 salary differential for hard-to-staff positions to help with teacher recruitment and retention, facilities upgrades, microgrants, and more.
This year, the Bronx Plan is officially expanding across the City with the addition of up to 70 more schools!
Over the course of year one of the program, Bronx Plan schools formed a Collaborative Committee where diverse stakeholders including teachers, parents, and school leaders came together to address specific challenges facing each school community.
$13 million in facilities upgrades and enhancements yielded refreshed libraries, auditoriums and classrooms. And with the $7,200 hiring incentive, total vacancies in these schools decreased by more than 50 percent this school year from the year prior.
This is the kind of change we look forward to seeing across the City in year 2. We believe in tailoring support to schools so each school gets what it needs to succeed. That’s how the Bronx Plan is helping schools making strides in the Bronx—and beyond.
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