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Teacher Incentive Fund

In a press release from the Department of Education, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that $42 Million has been and would continue to be awarded for Effective Teaching and Leadership in High Poverty Schools.

Secretary Spellings announced on Friday November 3rd that $42 million has been awarded in 16 grants that will reward educators who take on tough jobs and show results in poorly performing schools. The grants will be used to provide financial encouragement to teachers and principals who improve student accomplishments in poverty stricken schools and to recruit valuable teachers to poverty stricken schools. One of their main focus is centered in attracting teachers who can effectively teach what is regarded as difficult subjects such as math and science. The grants are expected to be funded for five years for a total of some $240 million.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said "Nothing helps a child learn as much as a great teacher and research shows that rewarding teachers for results can improve student performance. Great teachers who work in schools where they are badly needed deserve more than our thanks. I am pleased to announce these Teacher Incentive Fund grants, which will encourage and reward more experienced teachers for working at high-poverty schools where they can make a real difference in raising student achievement."

The Teacher Incentive support was funded for the first time in 2006, and is a program that is part of President Bush's development for performance based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-need, disadvantaged schools.

The goals of the program are to improve student achievement by increasing the effectiveness of principals and teachers, and, at the same time, increase the number of effective teachers for minority and disadvantaged students.

Grant Award Recipients:

  1. Northern New Mexico Network
  2. New Leaders, Inc. (DC Public Schools)
  3. Chicago Public Schools (IL)
  4. Denver School District (CO)
  5. New Leaders, Inc. (Memphis, TN City Schools)
  6. Mare Island Technical Academy (CA)
  7. Houston Independent School District (TX)
  8. Guilford County Schools (NC)
  9. New Leaders, Inc. (Nat'l network of charter schools)
  10. Chugach School District (AK)
  11. South Carolina Dept. of Education
  12. Dallas Independent School District (TX)
  13. School District of Philadelphia
  14. Ohio Department of Education
  15. Eagle County School District (CO)
  16. Weld County School District (CO)

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