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July 16, 2015
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Commissioner Elia Identifies 144 Struggling and Persistently Struggling Schools to Begin Implementation of School Receivership in New York State

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today that the Department has identified 144 schools in 17 school districts as Struggling Schools or Persistently Struggling Schools.  Of the schools identified, 124 were identified as Struggling Schools and 20 were identified as Persistently Struggling Schools.

“In those schools designated as Persistently Struggling, there will be an unprecedented infusion of resources to support school turnaround efforts,” said Board of Regents Chancellor, Merryl H. Tisch.  “This is an opportunity that communities must seize to come together to fundamentally rethink how these schools carry out their obligations to students and families.”

“In these schools, whole generations of students have been left behind,” said Commissioner Elia.  “As a former school superintendent, I know how important it will be for superintendents to use their new authority to develop robust plans to improve student performance.  Superintendents have an obligation to act on conditions that have persisted for too long in these schools.”

In April 2015, the legislature and governor created a new section of State Education Law pertaining to school receivership.  In June, the Board of Regents approved new regulations to implement the provisions of the law.

Struggling Schools are defined as schools that have been identified since 2012-13 as Priority Schools (i.e., among the lowest performing five percent of schools in the state).  Priority Schools that have been in the most severe accountability status since the 2006-07 school year have been identified as Persistently Struggling Schools.

Under the receivership law, a school receiver is granted new authority to, among other things, develop a school intervention plan; convert schools to community schools providing wrap-around services; expand the school day or school year; and remove staff and/or require staff to reapply for their jobs in collaboration with a staffing committee.

In the 20 schools identified as Persistently Struggling, the superintendent first serves as the receiver and is given an initial one-year period to use the enhanced authority of a receiver to make demonstrable improvement on annual goals established by the Commissioner, including student performance.  Absent demonstrable improvement, the Commissioner will direct the school board to appoint an independent receiver within 60 days.  The Commissioner will work closely with the school board to ensure that the most qualified individual is identified and the appointment of all independent receivers must be approved by the Commissioner.  Additionally, the school will be eligible for a portion of $75 million in state aid to support and implement its turnaround efforts over a two-year period. 

Struggling Schools will be given two years under a “superintendent receiver” to make demonstrable improvement or the district will be required to appoint an independent receiver and submit the appointment for approval by the Commissioner.  Independent receivers, who can be an individual, a not-for-profit organization, or another school district, have sole responsibility to manage and operate the school and have all of the enhanced authority of a school receiver.  Independent receivers are appointed for up to three school years and serve under contract with the Commissioner.

As with Persistently Struggling Schools, the independent receiver appointed by the district must be approved by the Commissioner, and the Commissioner will make the appointment if an acceptable receiver is not selected by the district. 

The table below shows the distribution of Struggling Schools and Persistently Struggling schools by district.

 

District

Persistently Struggling Schools

Struggling Schools

Total

ALBANY CITY SD

1

2

3

AMSTERDAM CITY SD

-

1

1

BUFFALO CITY SD

5

20

25

CENTRAL ISLIP UFSD

-

1

1

HEMPSTEAD UFSD

1

1

2

MT VERNON SD

-

1

1

NEWBURGH CITY SD

-

1

1

NEW YORK CITY

7

55

62

POUGHKEEPSIE CITY SD

-

2

2

ROCHESTER CITY SD

4

10

14

ROOSEVELT UFSD

-

1

1

SCHENECTADY CITY SD

-

2

2

SYRACUSE CITY SD

1

17

18

TROY CITY SD

-

1

1

UTICA CITY SD

-

1

1

WYANDANCH UFSD

-

1

1

YONKERS CITY SD

1

7

8

TOTAL

20

124

144

 

Superintendents will now begin the process of creating community engagement teams to advise the superintendent regarding development and implementation of improvement plans.  Superintendents will also hold public hearings regarding receivership and notify parents of the students who attend these schools regarding the school’s receivership status.

Attached is a list of Struggling and Persistently Struggling Schools as of July 2015.

More information on school receivership can be found at:   http://p1232.nysed.gov/accountability/de/SchoolReceivership.html.

 

 

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List of Struggling and Persistently Struggling Schools as of July 2015

 

District

School Name

Identification Status

ALBANY CITY SD

ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

ALBANY CITY SD

P J SCHUYLER ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY

Struggling

ALBANY CITY SD

WILLIAM S HACKETT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

AMSTERDAM CITY SD

WILLIAM B TECLER ARTS IN EDUCATION

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

BILINGUAL CENTER

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

BUFFALO ELEM SCH OF TECHNOLOGY

Persistently Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

BUILD ACADEMY

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

BURGARD VOC HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

DR LYDIA T WRIGHT SCH OF EXCELLENCE

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

D'YOUVILLE-PORTER CAMPUS

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

EAST HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

FRANK A SEDITA SCHOOL #30

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN ACADEMY

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

HARVEY AUSTIN SCHOOL #97

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

HERMAN BADILLO COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

HIGHGATE HEIGHTS

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

INTER PREP SCH-GROVER CLEVELAND #187

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

MARVA J DANIEL FUTURES PREP SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

MCKINLEY VOC HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

PS 17

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

PS 59 DR CHARLES DREW SCI MAGNET

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

PS 66 NORTH PARK ACADEMY

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

PS 74 HAMLIN PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

RIVERSIDE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

WATERFRONT SCHOOL

Struggling

BUFFALO CITY SD

WEST HERTEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

CENTRAL ISLIP UFSD

RALPH REED SCHOOL

Struggling

HEMPSTEAD UFSD

ALVERTA B GRAY SCHULTZ MIDDLE SCH

Struggling

HEMPSTEAD UFSD

HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

MT VERNON SCHOOL DISTRICT

DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

NEWBURGH CITY SD

TEMPLE HILL SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 1 - MANHATTAN

HENRY STREET SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 1 - MANHATTAN

MARTA VALLE HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 1 - MANHATTAN

PS 15 ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 3 - MANHATTAN

FREDERICK DOUGLASS ACADEMY II

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 5 - MANHATTAN

PS 123 MAHALIA JACKSON

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 7 - BRONX

ALFRED E SMITH CAREER-TECH HIGH SCH

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 7 - BRONX

FOREIGN LANG ACAD OF GLOBAL STUDIES

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 7 - BRONX

JHS 162 LOLA RODRIGUEZ DE TIO

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 7 - BRONX

NEW EXPLORERS HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 7 - BRONX

YOUNG LEADERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 8 - BRONX

BANANA KELLY HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 8 - BRONX

BRONX MATHEMATICS PREP SCH (THE)

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 8 - BRONX

HERBERT H LEHMAN HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 8 - BRONX

HUNTS POINT SCHOOL (THE)

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 8 - BRONX

MS 301 PAUL L DUNBAR

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

BRONX HIGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

DREAMYARD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

IS 117 JOSEPH H WADE

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

IS 219 NEW VENTURE SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

IS 313 SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP DEV

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

IS 339

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

JHS 22 JORDAN L MOTT

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

NEW MILLENNIUM BUSINESS ACAD MS

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST # 9 - BRONX

PS 64 PURA BELPRE

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #10 - BRONX

ANGELO PATRI MIDDLE SCHOOL (THE)

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #10 - BRONX

DEWITT CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #10 - BRONX

FORDHAM LEADERSHIP-BUS/TECH

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #10 - BRONX

JHS 80 THE MOSHOLU PARKWAY

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #10 - BRONX

PS 85 GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #11 - BRONX

BRONX HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE VISUAL ART

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #11 - BRONX

BRONXWOOD PREP ACADEMY (THE)

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #11 - BRONX

GLOBE SCHOOL-ENVIRNM RESEARCH

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #11 - BRONX

SCHOOL OF DIPLOMACY

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #12 - BRONX

FANNIE LOU HAMER MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #12 - BRONX

MONROE ACAD FOR VISUAL ARTS & DESIGN

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #12 - BRONX

PS 92

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #12 - BRONX

SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #13 - BROOKLYN

MS 596 PEACE ACADEMY

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #14 - BROOKLYN

AUTOMOTIVE HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #14 - BROOKLYN

FOUNDATIONS ACADEMY

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #14 - BROOKLYN

JUAN MOREL CAMPOS SECONDARY SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #16 - BROOKLYN

BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #16 - BROOKLYN

MS 584

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #17 - BROOKLYN

W E B DUBOIS ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #18 - BROOKLYN

EAST FLATBUSH COMM RESEARCH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #19 - BROOKLYN

CYPRESS HILLS COLLEGIATE PREP SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #19 - BROOKLYN

FDNY HIGH SCHOOL-FIRE & LIFE SAFETY

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #19 - BROOKLYN

PS 328 PHYLLIS WHEATLEY

Persistently Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #23 - BROOKLYN

ASPIRATIONS DIPLOMA PLUS HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #23 - BROOKLYN

PS 165 IDA POSNER

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #23 - BROOKLYN

PS 298 DR BETTY SHABAZZ

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #24 - QUEENS

GROVER CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #25 - QUEENS

FLUSHING HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #26 - QUEENS

MARTIN VAN BUREN HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #27 - QUEENS

AUGUST MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #27 - QUEENS

JOHN ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #27 - QUEENS

MS 53 BRIAN PICCOLO

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #27 - QUEENS

RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #28 - QUEENS

JHS 8 RICHARD S GROSSLEY

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #30 - QUEENS

PS 111 JACOB BLACKWELL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #32 - BROOKLYN

BUSHWICK LEADERS HS-ACAD EXCELL

Struggling

NYC GEOG DIST #32 - BROOKLYN

JHS 291 ROLAND HAYES

Struggling

POUGHKEEPSIE CITY SD

POUGHKEEPSIE HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

POUGHKEEPSIE CITY SD

POUGHKEEPSIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

EAST HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

JAMES MONROE HIGH SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

NORTHEAST COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

NORTHWEST COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 17-ENRICO FERMI

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 22-LINCOLN SCHOOL

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 34-DR LOUIS A CERULLI

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 3-NATHANIEL ROCHESTER

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 41-KODAK PARK

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 44-LINCOLN PARK

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 45-MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 8-ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Struggling

ROCHESTER CITY SD

SCHOOL 9-DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

Persistently Struggling

ROOSEVELT UFSD

ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

SCHENECTADY CITY SD

HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SCHENECTADY CITY SD

LINCOLN SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

BELLEVUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

DANFORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

DELAWARE ACADEMY

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

DR KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

DR WEEKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

FOWLER HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

FRAZER K-8 SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

GRANT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Persistently Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

HENNINGER HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

HUGHES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

HURLBUT W SMITH K-8 SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

PORTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

SEYMOUR DUAL LANGUAGE ACADEMY

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

VAN DUYN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Struggling

SYRACUSE CITY SD

WESTSIDE ACADEMY AT BLODGETT

Struggling

TROY CITY SD

PS 2

Struggling

UTICA CITY SD

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ELEM SCH

Struggling

WYANDANCH UFSD

MILTON L OLIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

CROSS HILL ACADEMY

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

ENRICO FERMI SCHOOL-PERF ARTS

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

MLK JR HIGH TECH & COMPUTER MAGNE

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

MUSEUM SCHOOL 25

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

ROBERT C DODSON SCHOOL

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL - EARLY COLLEG

Persistently Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

SCHOLASTIC ACAD FOR ACAD EXCELLENCE

Struggling

YONKERS CITY SD

SCHOOL 13

Struggling