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Three Innovation Schools in Boston receive financial boost

Posted by Patrick Rosso  August 9, 2012 09:44 AM

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Three Innovation Schools in Boston were among 20 state-wide that were awarded grants to help the schools better serve their student populations and invest in new educational tools.

Innovation Schools, which are part of Governor Deval Patrick’s Achievement Gap Act of 2010, include Boston Public Schools that have greater flexibility in designing their curriculum, hours, and teaching methods.

The new funding comes from two sources, federal funds from the Race to the Top program and from the Next Generation Learning Models grants, which is paid for by the Gates Foundation.

Roxbury’s Madison Park High School was awarded $40,000 from the Race to the Top funding and the North End’s Eliot K-8 Innovation School and Jamaica Plain’s Margarita Muñiz Academy were each awarded $30,000 from the Next Generation Learning Models grant.

“This funding will help ensure the continued development of excellent new Innovation Schools statewide so that all students have access to the instruction and support we know they need to be successful students and lifelong learners,” Education Secretary Paul Reville said in a statement.

Governor Patrick also championed the new funding source, which he said will allow for a fuller educational experience for the Commonwealth’s students.

"These schools will provide expanded and improved educational opportunities for Massachusetts students," Patrick said in a statement. "This robust and diverse group of schools demonstrates what can be achieved when local school communities are given the flexibility to be creative in their approach to improving education for students."

Some programs that the money will help implement in the schools are duel-language classes, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math focused curriculum, and alternative pathways to college and career readiness.

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