HISD Selected to Receive Competitive Federal Grant
September 23, 2010
Washington, D.C. – The Department of Education today announced the 62 recipients of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) competitive grant. Among the winning applicants nation-wide, Houston Independent School District (HISD) will receive a $31,570,781 grant to be dispersed over 5 years.
“HISD has a distinguished reputation for their commitment and service to the youth of our area,” said Rep. Gene Green (TX-29). “This grant will only serve to continue that commitment and service by hiring and retaining the finest teachers.”
The purpose of the TIF grant is to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence and attracting teachers and principals to high-need areas. The winning urban and rural applicants are from school districts, non-profits, and states all over the country. They were selected by a group of expert and independent reviewers based on their comprehensive plans to develop, reward, and support effective teachers and principals. They were required to demonstrate a high-level of local support and involvement as well as a fiscal sustainability plan after the 5 year grant period.
“An effective teacher is just as important in providing a solid education as the curriculum they teach,” continued Rep. Green. “This grant is a great honor for HISD and will be a great advantage for the youth of our area.”