State to use $5M to turn around failing schools
NEW ORLEANS - State Superintendent John White says the state will use $5 million in federal professional development funds to train educators interested in turning around failing district-run schools.
The "Believe and Succeed" grants cover a year of advanced training for the new school leaders. White announced the initiative in February as part of his five-part plan for 2013, and said he expects relatively low participation in the first year, with perhaps just "dozens" of applicants competing for the grants, which will average $50,000.
With 198,000 Louisiana children in D or F schools, White says the state can't charter schools fast enough to make a real difference. So an investment is needed in developing principals who can turnaround schools with traditional school districts.