Schools Chancellor announces new initiative aimed at helping third graders

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is targeting third graders under his new initiative.

On Thursday, Klein said there are far too many minority students not prepared for the future. So, he's proposed changes for all third graders. The plan includes having student teams for kids who are struggling, tutoring outside of school two to three times a week, starting a summer success academy and allowing third graders to retake standardized tests over the summer.

Deputy Chancellor Diana Lam says the reason third graders are the focus is because it's early enough in their schooling that any kind of support or intervention can make a difference.

But some school officials disagree saying that third grade is somewhat late. Eva Moskowitz, chair of the Education Committee, says early intervention needs to start at 3 and 4 years old.

Deputy Chancellor Lam told News 12 The Bronx that the new initiative would cost at least $25 million, which Klein is hoping to receive from the state in July.

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