$10M of PCSSD deseg funding going to achievement program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A motion filed Friday by the Pulaski County Special School District and attorney John Walker may help release the district from the ongoing federal desegregation case.

Deb Roush with PCSSD said the plan, called the Donaldson Scholars Academy, would use $10 million of the district's deseg funding to pay for a program intended to help close achievement gaps among African American students in the district.

The motion states, "The Donaldson Scholars Academy plan is to improve the academic achievement of all students with special attention to African American students and others who are at-risk of academic failure due to socioeconomic disadvantages and other factors. Participation in the program and successful completion are requisites for scholarship awards."

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock developed the plan and Philander Smith College will help implement it. The money will go toward programs such as Saturday classes, Summer classes, specialized tutoring, and other efforts to give particular students more attention and assistance.

The program is set to begin in Summer 2014. To read a much more detailed plan on the Donaldson Scholars Academy, click here: http://on.kthv.com/1r1elfv


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