A federal grant awarded to four middle schools in Pueblo to make academic improvements, has been suspended due to poor test scores. As KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports the school will lose almost 2 million dollars in additional funding if they don’t improve.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Initially, the grant-winning schools provided training to help teachers better instruct students in math, reading, and language arts. The Colorado Board of Education administers the grant. Spokesman Patrick Chapman says the past two years haven’t yielded measurable results.

“It doesn’t seem to be resulting in better things for kids. It’s still a low performing school. So the current plan isn’t working.”

District superintendent Maggie Lopez says her team is trying to figure out how to best move forward.

“We certainly understand we cannot continue to fund failing schools. Now we’ve got to take the next step. Because while the foundational pieces are in place and alignments have occurred, we’ve got to look at those bolder next steps.”

Lopez and the school board wouldn’t offer any concrete plan of action, but they’re scheduled to meet with the State’s Board of Education, which administers the grant, sometime in November. If the district can come up with new strategies for improvement the funds could be released by December 1st, otherwise the money will be awarded to a new school district in the state. For KRCC news, I’m Katherine-Claire O’Connor.

 

Comments are closed.

News

El Cajon Police Department
September 28, 2016 | NPR · On Tuesday, an officer in El Cajon, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man. His sister had called the police to ask them to help her brother, who was acting erratically.
 

AFP/Getty Images
September 28, 2016 | NPR · A Dutch-led team of international researchers found that a Buk missile shot down Flight MH17 in 2014. Evidence suggests the missile was brought from Russia and fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
 

Daniel Fishel for NPR
September 28, 2016 | NPR · What do you do when a friend or loved one talks about race in a way that makes you cringe? Karen Good-Marable, Aaron Sanchez, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and Channing Kennedy tell us how they reacted.
 

Arts & Life

The Kobal Collection
September 28, 2016 | NPR · The movie titles of the late splatter-film director are evocative … and wonderfully terrible. Can you tell them apart from the titles of some less-than-classic kids’ books?
 

September 28, 2016 | NPR · Fran Wilde built a glorious world of living bone towers and wing-gliding people in last year’s Updraft. Her new Cloudbound has stunning skyscapes but lacks some of the first book’s emotional heft.
 

Getty Images for CinemaCon
September 27, 2016 | NPR · For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes’ ranking of the highest-paid comedians.
 

Music

September 27, 2016 | NPR · Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.
 

Getty Images
September 27, 2016 | WPLN · Six decades ago, Shepard became the third woman to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country music pioneer died Sunday outside Nashville.
 

Courtesy of the artist.
September 27, 2016 | NPR · Conor Oberst, the lead singer of Bright Eyes, will premiere his new solo album, Ruminations, live in New York. You can join us for the show — in person or online — Oct. 14.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab