NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded three-year school improvement grants totaling more than $27 million in federal funds to 17 schools, mostly in Memphis and Chattanooga.
The schools are among the lowest-performing 5% of schools in the state, in terms of academic achievement.
Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says a priority of the administration is to turn around those low-performing schools, and he believes the grant will give them the necessary resources, time and personnel to do that.
Whiteville Elementary in Hardeman County will receive $1,390,800 in School Improvement Grant funds while Sarah Moore Greene in Knox County has been awarded $1,504,045.
Five schools in the Achievement School District in Memphis—Corry Middle, Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary, Whitney Achievement Elementary, Hanley Elementary, and Klondike Preparatory Academy—will be awarded $7,503,603 in total over the course of the grant.
Douglass K-8, Riverview Middle School, Sherwood Middle School, and Treadwell Middle School within the Shelby County School district will receive $5,520,819 over three years.
These awards are in addition to an $11,309,331 grant given to Hamilton County last fall to serve its six lowest-performing schools (Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Brainerd High School, Dalewood Middle School, Orchard Knob Elementary School, Orchard Knob Middle School, and Woodmore Middle School).
Officials say the grant will also give school principals a chance to work together in the state's Turnaround Principal Cohort, which allows them to facilitate discussions and share ideas and practices on a peer-to-peer level.
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