News in Brief: A National Roundup
Ed. Dept. Announces New Grants Under Teacher Incentive Fund
Federal education officials have begun announcing a new round of grants from the Teacher Incentive Fund.
Under the program, four school districts in Florida; the School of Excellence in Education charter schools in San Antonio; and the University of Texas System are expected to receive some $110 million in grants over the coming five years to use performance incentives to improve teaching quality in disadvantaged schools. The TIF was launched this fiscal year with $99 million.
Two of the awards announced by the U.S. Department of Education last week—to the Lake County, Fla., system and the University of Texas—will bring more than 35 additional schools into the Milken Family Foundation’s Teacher Advancement Program. TAP combines teacher rewards, a career ladder for teachers, and extensive professional development.
The other Florida grantees are the Orange County, Hillsborough County, and Miami-Dade County districts.
Vol. 26, Issue 39, Page 6