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FIRST ON 3: Consultants to get $672,000 County Schools windfall

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By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Hamilton County teachers haven't had a raise in two years, but some of their fellow educators from outside the county are enjoying a financial windfall from the federal government.

On Thursday, School Board members are expected to approve a request from CFO Tommy Kranz for $672,400 for consultants during the upcoming school year.

The money comes from the federal government with strings attached. It can only be used for professional development and not pay raises.

According to Kranz, "the majority of the funding sources are federal programs which have requirement as to a percentage of funds used for professional development."  He adds, "funding for these services is included in the recently adopted fiscal year 2010-11 budget."

The largest chunk of money is $302,750 to the "Teachers Development Group," of West Linn, Oregon, which will "train approximately 400 teachers on mathematics content and pedagogical training, in order to see gains in student learning." Included in that figure is $18,000 for ten days at Tyner Middle Academy, "to provide job embedded professional development to implement content knowledge and pedagogy in math."

Consultant Anna Grehan, who is based in the Memphis area will be paid $95,000 for "evaluation services for HCDE Great Beginnings Early Reading First Grant."  She will be working in the Pre-K program during the upcoming school year on unspecified dates.

Consultant Jonathan Fribley of St Cloud, Minnesota is set to receive $78,000 for "professional development" in Pre-K, and will work five days each month.

An organization called "Expeditionary Learning" in New York City will be paid $70,000 for work at Howard High School to "focus on curriculum and instruction as the primary vehicles for improving student achievement and school culture."

Additional consultants will be working at Orchard Knob Middle, Soddy Elementary, and Brown Academy, with fees ranging from $10,000 to $54,250.


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