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FWCS awarded $15.3 million grant

Statement as issued Thursday afternoon by the school district:

Fort Wayne Community Schools Awarded $15,330,197 to Boost Local Reform that Recognizes and Rewards Great Teachers and School Leaders Through the 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grant

In total, $290 million invested in 35 grants serving nearly 1,000 schools across 150 districts

The U.S. Department of Education announced today a $15,330,197 grant awarded to Fort Wayne Community Schools to improve pay structures and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high poverty schools. Fort Wayne Community Schools is among 35 winning applicants, comprise districts, partnering districts, states, and nonprofits that together serve nearly 1,000 schools in 150 urban, suburban, and rural school districts in 18 states and D.C.

"Whether urban or rural, traditional or charter, successful schools are not possible without great teaching and leadership," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Our best teachers and principals are invaluable leaders in changing life outcomes for students. They are desperately needed in our struggling schools, and they deserve to be recognized, rewarded, and given the opportunity to have a greater influence on their colleagues, students, and in their communities."

All applicants submitted proposals, developed in part by teachers, that provide opportunities for teacher leadership and advancement, put in place district-wide evaluations based on multiple measures that include student growth, and improve decision-making through better evaluations.

"The Teacher Incentive Fund called on local leaders to engage teachers in influencing the future of the teaching profession," said Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle. "Many more districts will benefit tremendously from an investment in scaling up and securing the talents and abilities of effective teachers and principals within their toughest schools."

The 2012 TIF program encouraged districts to enhance educator compensation systems through one of two models – career ladders or performance-based pay with the option for additional responsibilities. With either model, applicants were able to submit a general proposal or a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused proposal.

Twenty-nine winners received funding to create general, district-wide evaluation systems that reward success and drive decision-making on recruiting, retaining, and providing additional responsibilities to great teachers. Among the 29 projects, two grantees – New York City Public Schools and L.A. Unified School District - will pursue compensation systems based around career ladders. Six will focus on developing and supporting excellent science and math teachers.

The 35 winners listed below were selected from a pool of over 120 applications. Award amounts represent the first 2 years of funding over the 5-year grant period. Continued funding is contingent upon congressional action.

For more information on the TIF program and the 2012 grantees, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherincentive/awards.html.

2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grantees:

Grantee, State, Award Amount

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Calif., $2,181,505

Aspire Public Schools, Calif., $11,897,000

Breakthrough Charter Schools, Ohio, $3,326,441

Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Assoc., N.Y., $3,038,827

Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Assoc. (serves schools in N.J.), N.Y., $2,952,477

Charleston County School District, S.C., $8,872,060

Community Training and Assistance Center, Inc. (serves schools in Calif.), Mass., $3,666,382

District of Columbia Public Schools, D.C., $23,728,797

Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, Mich., $5,905,652

Education Service Center 18, Texas, $9,801,145

Fort Wayne Community Schools, Ind., $15,330,197

Gilchrist County School District, Fla., $3,906,468

Green Dot Public Schools, Calif., $1,873,619

Harrison School District Two, Colo., $4,079,060

Hillsborough County Public Schools, Fla., $16,799,498

LifeSchool of Dallas, Texas, $1,812,200

Los Angeles Unified School District, Calif., $16,066,199

Maine Department of Education, Maine, $8,831,451

Maricopa County Education Service Agency, Ariz., $11,010,767

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (serves schools in Minn.), Calif., $4,612,340

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (serves schools in Tenn.), Calif., $3,964,593

New Haven Public School System, Conn., $11,982,159

New York City Department of Education, N.Y., $13,901,980

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, N.J., $7,814,733

School Board of Miami-Dade County, Fla., $2,511,636

School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver, Colo., $8,909,813

School District of Lee County, Fla., $17,632,764

Tennessee Department of Education, Tenn., $5,515,596

The School Board of Broward County, Fla., $18,155,918

Grantee (STEM Focus), State, Award Amount

Calcasieu Parish School System, La., $7,862,857

Houston Independent School District, Texas, $7,714,032

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (serves schools in Tenn.), Calif., $2,316,209

School Board of Orange County, Fla., $7,403,161

South Carolina Department of Education, S.C., $5,272,237

Washoe County School District, Nev., $9,711,497

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