Dispute over grants for longer school days leaves schools in limbo

Friday, August 1, 2014

Plans to lengthen the school day at eight low-income middle schools are now hanging in the balance because of a squabble between city and state officials.

With a little more than four weeks before the school year starts, the schools counting on nearly $8 million in “extended learning time” grants have been told the money is in danger of being withheld because the city’s application didn’t comply with state contracting rules.

The city was one of 25 districts, out of 700 districts, that applied in October to lengthen the year at low-income schools by 25 percent, and was awarded $7.6 million last month.

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