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Amsterdam, B-P school districts, BOCES receive state grants

The Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam school districts were big winners in the second round of state gr

The Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam school districts were big winners in the second round of state grants awarded to develop effective teachers and school leaders.

Almost $25 million worth of funding was announced Wednesday by the state Education Department, which is directing $220,125 to the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and $441,758 to the Greater Amsterdam School District. Another big local recipient was the Capital Region BOCES, which got a little more than $1 million.

This round of funding is for a period of almost two years.

“[Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness] grants are focused on developing and supporting effective teachers and school leaders,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said in a statement. “Ensuring every classroom is led by an effective teacher and every school is led by an effective principal is an important part of preparing more students to graduate college- and career-ready.”

New York State Education Department Commissioner John King Jr. said in a statement that these grants will help high-need districts secure and retain the best teachers possible. “It’s all about supporting our educators and helping our students succeed,” he said.

The state is now accepting proposals for school districts vying for the next round of STLE funding, $24.2 million for the period from March 2014 through June 2015. The first round of $22.7 million in funding was distributed to 47 districts last year, among them the Duanesburg, Mayfield, Middleburgh and Mohonasen central school districts.

The state Education Department also announced $4 million in federal funding for the network of Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers, which are designed to provide professional development help and support with Common Core implementation.

The Eastern Upstate Regional Network, which includes Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Montgomery counties, is scheduled to receive $626,998.

Tisch said in a statement: “The Teacher Center grant will provide additional professional development assistance, local support, training and resources related to Common Core implementation for thousands of teachers across New York state.”

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