Friday, August 20, 2010

Register is seeking parents of children in New Haven 'turnaround' schools

NEW HAVEN – As two city schools prepare to undergo major transformations under the district’s sweeping school change initiative, the New Haven Register is seeking volunteers to be followed throughout the year.
The Register is looking for students attending Katherine Brennan/Clarence Rogers School or the new Domus Academy to tell their stories and talk about their experiences in the classroom over the next year.
Brennan-Rogers School and Domus Academy, formerly called Urban Youth Center, were tapped by the district to be “turnaround schools” in the first year of the reform overhaul. At turnaround schools, students will experience changes such as longer schools days, new leadership and other major restructuring. The “turning around” of both schools is part of the district’s ambitious reform initiative, which aims to raise standardized test scores to the state average, cut the drop-out rate in half and ensure every student in the district can go to college.
Any parents who are interested in working with the Register to tell their child’s story of attending a turnaround school should contact reporter Abbe Smith at 203-789-5615 or by sending an e-mail to asmith@newhavenregister.com

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