Five more struggling Syracuse schools will get extra learning time

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, November 18, 2013

Five Syracuse schools will have more time to teach their children next year, and they will get help from national experts on how to use that extra time.

With seven schools in the district's Innovation Zone, or iZone, already providing more time, Syracuse will soon have a dozen schools expanding the traditional school day or year.

The schools in line for the extra time next year are Dr. King, Dr. Weeks and Franklin elementaries; HW Smith K-8 School; and Lincoln Middle School.

Those schools, like the iZone schools, have been labeled "priority schools" by the state, meaning they are among the lowest 5 percent of schools in New York in terms of state test scores. Because of that, the iZone schools were required to follow "turnaround" models this year. At most of the schools that meant transferring their leadership and half of their staffs.

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