School districts have until June 6 to apply for the first round of grants for long-term efficiency or cost-savings measures in management and operations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.
The School District Management Efficiency Awards program is one of two new competitive-grant initiatives spearheaded by the governor. The state Education Department, which is administering the program, will distribute a total of $75 million in the next three years.
The other program will give out grants for schools that improve student achievement. The Education Department received about 70 applications by the deadline in February. The awards will range from from a maximum of $100,000 a year in districts with fewer than 750 students to as much as $10 million a year for New York City.
Cuomo said New York needs to invest less in bureaucracy and more in students to become a national leader. All other education aid is given out based on formulas.
"This competitive award program will reward school districts that reduce waste and cut through the bureaucracy to provide better education services to our students," he said in a statement. "This program, along with the ongoing performance grants, will make our education system prioritize delivering better results and raising student achievement to give all our students a better education."