Syracuse school district transfers teachers, gets struggling schools ready for September

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Just about all the teachers in the Syracuse school district now know where they will be teaching next month, although a handful may not like their assignments.

The district worked deep into the summer to fill the openings in its struggling Innovation Zone schools. Because of their low test scores, the seven "iZone" schools were required by the state and federal governments to come up with plans to turn themselves around.

At five of the schools, the plans were required to include transferring at least half their staffs to other schools in the district.

The district didn't have enough teachers who wanted to transfer into the struggling schools, which offered a $1,000 incentive plus $6,000 for teachers to work an extra 90 minutes each day. The iZone teachers will also get extra pay for summer training sessions.

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