Danbury has joined 18 other school districts in the state in what the Connecticut Commissioner of Education calls Alliance Districts, giving Danbury more money to help students learn and to help failing schools succeed.
Danbury will receive an additional $1.6 million, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy and Stefan Pryor, the Connecticut Commissioner of Education.
"It’s not simply a matter of new funding – this is about embracing the reforms that we know improve student achievement, so that all of our children have the chance to succeed," Malloy said.
“I want to congratulate the leadership teams of these districts – including the superintendents and central office staff, as well as the teachers and other stakeholders who contributed to the formation of the ideas," said Commissioner Pryor.
According to the prepared release from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Danbury will receive $1,696,559. With that money, Danbury proposed three strategies.
- Danbury will enhance its work to address the achievement gap for English language learners by augmenting the district’s team of instructional interventionists. Danbury will also assign one additional bilingual education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and supplement literacy instruction by adding instructional time before, during, and after school.
- Danbury will improve high school instruction through new job-embedded coaching for ninth grade instructors in core academic areas in year one. In years two through five, this coaching model will be expanded to all high school grades.
- Danbury will phase in full-day kindergarten district-wide, starting with five schools in year one, and continuing with additional schools in years two and three.