U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five school districts in Tennessee are among 124 districts nationwide to receive grants to improve the quality of teaching American history in our nation’s schools.
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Teach for America, the nonprofit group that recruits elite college students to teach in public schools, and the KIPP Foundation, which runs a nationwide network of charter schools, were big winners in a $650 million federal grant competition known as Investing in Innovation, the Department of Education said Wednesday.
A cross-section of 49 school districts, nonprofit education organizations and institutions of higher education have been selected from among nearly 1,700 applicants for potential funding under the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. To receive a share of the $650 million in i3 grants, the winning applicants must secure a commitment for a 20 percent private sector match by Sept. 8. A detailed list of the 2010 Highest-Rated i3 Applicants, along with a summary of the characteristics of the 2010 Highest-Rated Applicants, and FAQs related to today’s announcement can be found here.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that 49 districts, schools, and nonprofits beat out more than 1,600 other applicants in the competition for $650 million in grants from the Investing in Innovation, or i3, fund.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Memphis City Schools’ Teacher Effectiveness Initiative and what it could mean for both the city and the state of Tennessee. But one thing that was never included in the story was how Memphis came to be awarded more than $90 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Tennessee’s Race to the Top program and budget. That allows the state and 136 local school systems to move forward on implementing the state’s comprehensive school reform plans. The $501 million Tennessee is set to receive over the next four years could help raise the state’s public education standing, but only if the money is wisely spent and the results carefully monitored.
The three high schools in Bradley County, including Cleveland’s, are jointly seeking a Small Learning Communities grant that could be worth millions of dollars over five years for each of them.
Education consultants around the country have lined up to get some of the business created by Race to the Top. Tennessee won $500 million as part of the program. A vendor list has been approved for school districts to begin contracting for services.
Tennessee was one of two states awarded federal Race to the Top stimulus dollars in March to implement plans to dramatically improve student test scores and school quality. “The U.S. Department of Education has not approved the Race to the Top budget,” said Amanda Anderson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Education, adding that the news was expected “this week or next.”