(11/26/07) BROOKLYN &舑; Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced Monday that approximately $258 million will be spent to improve Brooklyn and city schools.

The money is part of the Contracts for Excellence in New York&舗;s schools. The money will be used to reduce class sizes; improve teacher and principal qualifications; restructure some middle and high schools and expand full-time pre-k and kindergarten.

More money will also be used for &舠;time on task,&舡; which is designed to help struggling students.

The Department of Education has also agreed to five-year benchmarks for reducing class sizes.

Related information: NYC DOE: Contracts for Excellence