City gets green light to apply for federal school aid

BROOKLYN - The Department of Education (DOE) has reached an agreement with the United Federation of Teachers, allowing the city to apply for $65 million in federal aid.If the federal school improvement grants are approved, the money would be used to hire new teachers for 33 struggling schools that are at risk of being shut down.The aid request had been held up by negotiations between the DOE and the union over controversial teacher evaluations.The new evaluation system will have four categories, and it will replace the current system, which only has two.

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