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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    I had the opportunity today to meet with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, along with 13 other elected officials in Washington D.C. this week for a National League of Cities conference.

    We met first with Gene Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council, a senior domestic policy advisor to the President. At around 2:50 p.m., we were joined by Valerie Jarrett and the President. The President spoke with us for around 40 minutes, and focused largely on growing the economy, supporting families, and energy policy.

    The President also engaged each Mayor on issues of importance in their cities. When it was my turn, I spoke about the changing nature of work here in New Haven. Years ago, our largest employer was the Winchester factory. Today, it's Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital-- jobs that require higher skill levels. I asked the President to support training programs and interventions that help individuals grow skills that match the jobs available today. I told him I supported his focus on community colleges as an important workforce development tool. I also shared New Haven's experience with our immigrant community. Robust immigration is important for growing the economy. Here in New Haven, our immigrant communities are disproportionately entrepreneurial, growing numerous healthy businesses and jobs despite a challenging economy.

    I also spoke to the President about our School Change initiative, and asked that competitive federal grants like the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation funds go directly to school districts carrying out reforms, rather than to states or non-profits that are more removed from classrooms.

    I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity to sit down with the President. We are all fortunate to have a President who understands and supports the needs and concerns of cities like New Haven.

    School Magnet Lottery Rescheduled

    The New Haven Magnet School lottery originally scheduled for March 13, 2012 has been delayed two weeks until March 27, 2012. As the Magnet Office prepared for the lottery, what appear to be isolated errors were detected during pre-lottery reviews. In order to confirm accuracy of the applications which are in excess of 9,000, NHPS has determined that the best course is to confirm all aspects of the data over the next two weeks.

    The lottery will now take place at 10:00 a.m. on March 27, 2012 in the Board Room on the 2nd Floor of the Board of Education Central Offices on 54 Meadow Street.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo issued this statement Monday: "We are very cognizant of the need to conduct the lottery through and independent and transparent process. In order to achieve that goal we need these two weeks to confirm the application data in order to allow our independent consultant to proceed with the lottery."

    Occupy New Haven Update

    This week, representatives from the Parks Department, Department of Public Works, and the Police Department distributed a notice to members of Occupy New Haven that states this Wednesday, March 14, will be the last day the structures and tents will be allowed on the Green. Any tents or structures remaining on the Green after noon on Wednesday may be removed and discarded. The notice also encourages anyone with housing concerns to contact the Columbus House shelter. The City has been respectful of the movement's message, but it is now time for Occupy New Haven to remove their structures and personal items from Green.

    New Haven Promise Applications Due April 2

    New Haven Promise scholarship applications for all high school seniors are due April 2. Students may register and apply at newhavenpromise.org.

    Last year, 150 students qualified for a Promise scholarship and currently 105 Promise scholars are enrolled at 16 colleges and universities across Connecticut. Additionally, more than 2,300 students have signed Promise pledges this year promising to earn good grades, have good attendance and demonstrate the good civic behavior required to earn a Promise scholarship. A college-going curriculum has also been implemented in every preK-8 school districtwide.

    Promise scholarships are being phased in. Last year's seniors qualified for up to 25% of the scholarship. The Class of 2012 is eligible for up to 50 percent of tuition coverage at in-state public colleges and universities and up to $1250 at in-state private nonprofit colleges and universities. New Haven Promise is housed at and administered by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Scholarships are paid for by Yale University. Additional support comes from Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo.

    Mayor's Night Out

    I'll be at Davis Street School at 35 Davis Street at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 for Mayor's Night Out. Residents in wards 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 are invited to attend and meet with representatives from City departments and programs.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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