The Alarming Situation of the Suspension of The School Improvement Grant for 10 School Districts
Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn), Chairman of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force will be calling for a public hearing to address the recent suspension of School Improvement Grant funding to 10 school districts in New York State. State Education Commissioner, John B. King, Jr. has announced that he will suspend this funding because an application deadline was missed; a fact which many of the districts dispute. The school districts involved in this suspension all have a common factor; minorities make up the majority of the students. As Chair of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, it is my responsibility to look into this matter and ensure that our State's students are given the best possible opportunities. Suspension of the School Improvement Grant will end up hurting our youth in high-need school districts the most, stated the Assemblyman.
Please see below for the letter from members of the New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force to the Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asking for his support against this suspension.