Local school funding estimated at $6.9 million
Sen. Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey) celebrated the announcement that Tennessee has been awarded $500 million in federal education money through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition.
“For years, Tennessee has ranked near the bottom of nearly every educational measure. Now, we have the chance to become a national leader in education reform,” Burks said.
The $500 million grant will be spread out over four years. State education officials will begin determining how the funds will be used in the coming months.
According to state Department of Education estimates, Cumberland County Schools will receive $1.6 million in local Race to the Top funds. Jackson County Schools is estimated to receive $459,000; Overton County will receive $706,000; Pickett County will receive $191,500; Putnam County will receive $3 million; and White County will receive $984,000.
Some of the money will fund the Teacher Professional Development Fund, which will dedicate funds for teacher training and professional skills development for the first time in Tennessee history.
“Our school teachers deserve all the support we can give them, because they form the foundation of our state’s education system,” Burks said.
The federal funds and school reform measures are expected to be in place in time for the start of the 2010-11 school year in August.
Tennessee and Delaware were named winners of the first round of the competition, which will award a total of $4.35 billion to states committed to education reform. Tennessee was one of 16 finalists from more than 40 applications.