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Feds Provide $27 Million to 17 Low-Performing TN Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded three-year school improvement grants totaling more than $27 million in federal funds to 17 schools.
The schools are among the lowest-performing 5 percent 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.
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.

Haslam: Voucher Plan Won’t Hurt Low-Performing Schools’ Funding

Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that his proposed school voucher system will apply only to “low-income students in our lowest performing schools” and the schools in question will get expanded funding to offset any losses.
“I’ve heard the argument that this kind of program will drain resources in the schools that need them the most, but we’re focusing resources on those schools,” Haslam said during his “state-of-the-state” speech.
The state has committed $38 million over a three-year period, starting last year, to 5 percent of schools ranked as having the lowest performance, the governor said, and his proposed budget adds $9 million to that.
“So we’re investing $47 million, over and above annual funding, to those schools to help them improve. Not only are we not draining resources from them, we’re giving them additional support,” he said.
“I expect this proposal to be hotly debated, but after taking a careful look at the issue and how a program might work in Tennessee, I believe in a limited approach that gives more choice to parents and students stuck in difficult situations makes a lot of sense.
“If we can help our lowest income students in our lowest-performing schools, why wouldn’t we?” Haslam said.
The governor did not give specific figures on the the voucher proposal – for example, the amount of a voucher toward a student’s tuition at a private school.

Note: The bill is filed as SB196, A promotional blurb on the measure, posted on the governor’s website, is HERE.