HISD Awarded $31.5 Million Federal Grant To Support District Transformation

September 24, 2010

HISD was awarded a $31.5 million grant to support district transformation on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $31.5 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant to the Houston Independent School District on Thursday.

The grant, which will be dispersed over the next five years, will support the district’s commitment to place an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective principal in every school.

“I am so pleased that the Department of Education is supporting our efforts to change the way we recruit, hire, reward and retain highly effective educators,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “In order to become the best school district in the country, we must begin with the best staff in the country.”

The federal grant will support the development of new teacher and principal evaluation systems and the creation of new career pathways to help the district leverage the talents of its most effective teachers while also providing promotion opportunities to retain top talent.

The funding will also support the design of a new talent acquisition system supported by innovative technology and will provide approximately $16 million in funding for the district’s performance pay program for teachers and principals, known as ASPIRE.

“In developing our strategic direction plan for the future, we heard over and over from our community that they expect us to have the most effective teachers and principals we can possibly find. This grant will go a long way in helping us get there,” Board President Greg Meyers said.

The HISD Foundation has also raised private funding for the district’s transformation efforts including a $ 6 million donation from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to support HISD’s commitment to place an effective teacher in every classroom.

Private support for HISD transformation initiatives includes $250,000 from the Houston Endowment, $200,000 from J.P. Morgan Chase, $100,000 from Wells Fargo, $100,000 from Bank of America and $100,000 from the Holthouse Foundation.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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