When the economy tanked last year, schools in Rochester, New York braced for the worst. Faced with a 50 million dollar shortfall, the school district expected to lay off 500 of its 3,800 teachers. For Rochester’s students, the downturn meant the end of programs–including job training for high school students with special needs and a program to help struggling kindergartners.
Then the stimulus bill, signed in February, sent $100 billion to the nation’s schools to be spent over 2 years, marking the largest federal investment in education in history.
The money has gone out, what’s it done? We visited Rochester–which received about $30 million in stimulus money this year–to find out.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Producers Jane Renaud and John Tulenko, who worked on the above story, discuss what they learned from the lessons of Rochester, New York. Listen to the story.
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