Five Delaware schools that improved student progress and reduced the achievement gap among students will get $150,000 in federal stimulus funds.
As part of the state’s new Academic Achievement Awards, five schools in the First State will have an extra $150,000 which can be used for a variety of things including improving curriculum, parent involvement or program improvement.
Delaware Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn, who oversees the state’s use of federal stimulus money, announced the schools that would receive the money at Pulaski Elementary School in Wilmington Thursday afternoon. In addition to Pulaski, the other schools receiving the award money are Brookside Elementary, Kuumba Academy, Woodbridge Elementary and Long Neck Elementary.
Denn says while most states used a formula to dole out the Title I funds they received as part of the stimulus, Delaware education leaders held a competition. The schools that were able to improve student results and reduce the achievement gap would win. Denn says, “We told them that it was an opportunity to reward excellence. Not just with words, although words are important, but also with some real dollars.”
Denn says while connecting student performance to extra funding has been controversial around the country, Delaware’s educators were on board with the effort.