Statement issued Tuesday:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 4 school districts in Indiana are among 124 districts nationwide to receive grants to improve the quality of teaching American history in our nation’s schools.
A total of $115.3 million is being awarded. School districts in Indiana that will receive grants are:
• Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, $999,998.
• Goshen Community School Corporation, Goshen, $499,608.
• Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Muncie, $999,990.
• Richmond Community Schools, Richmond, $489,884.
The Teaching American History grant program aims to enhance teachers’ understanding of American history through intensive professional development, including study trips to historic sites and mentoring with professional historians and other experts. Projects are required to partner with organizations that have broad knowledge of American history, such as libraries, museums, nonprofit historical or humanities organizations, and higher education institutions.
History is one of the core academic subjects under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Teaching American History grants are funded for a three-year period. They are being awarded to school districts in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa.