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OKCPS improvement plans for 3 schools

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Here are the improvement plans for US Grant High SchoolDouglass Middle School and F.D. Moon Academy. These plans, which include a variety of interventions from replacing half of the schools teachers to adding 60 minutes of instruction each day, will be implemented this summer.

The Oklahoma City School District received $12.1 million in federal grants on Wednesday to help turn around these three struggling schools.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, serious intervention would have been required at two of the schools this summer.

Both US Grant High School and F.D. Moon Academy have failed to meed Adequate Yearly Progress for enough years in a row that they were required to “restructure for the 2010-2011 school year.

That process looked differently this year than any other year since the historic legislation passed in 2001 as the U.S. Department of Education made the restructuring process a competitive grant process that promised millions to the nation’s lowest performing schools.

Both Grant and Moon made that list, but so did Douglass Middle School, which had been on track to require restructuring before Principal Brian Staples took over the school in February 2008. That school year and the next, test scores rose and the school was removed from the needs improvement list.

However, the school was still eligible for the federal School Improvement Grants.

Do you think the plans will improve the schools?

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