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Sheboygan Schools Gain Prestigious Recognition
Three Sheboygan Area School District schools have been recognized as New Wisconsin Promise Schools of Recognition for the 2008-09 school year. Farnsworth Middle School, which has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year, and Grant and Jefferson Elementary Schools were notified of this honor.

A total of 182 schools across the state that will be honored this year at a ceremony in Madison on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008.

To be recognized, schools must be eligible to receive federal Title I funding and be among the highest poverty schools in the state based on free and reduced-price school lunch data. Additionally, student achievement on statewide reading and mathematics assessments must outperform the state average for schools with similar poverty rates and grade configurations. Finally, the school must have made adequate yearly progress for the past two years as defined under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

"Being named a New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition celebrates the efforts these schools make to create a learning climate that supports every student," State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said. "It is the work of teachers, parents, administrators, and other staff members at these schools that contribute to student success and help us fulfill our New Wisconsin Promise to provide a quality education for every child and to close the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their peers."

Schools meeting all four criteria will receive award plaques at an Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol and $1,500 for use by the school. During the awards ceremony, 15 schools will receive flags for earning the New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition award for five consecutive years. Another 14 schools have been named for recognition since the program's inception. They received flags last year.

"Our democracy depends on an educated citizenry," Burmaster said. "The strength of our public schools directly contributes to the strength of our nation and our economic well-being. We must invest in our public schools to ensure our young people graduate with the skills they need to take their place in our interconnected world and the 21st century workplace."

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
September 19, 2008