Enhance teacher professional development?

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Money out the backgate?

Maybe the Tampa Tribune could clarify how a third of a million dollars were taken out of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant and used for classroom projects and supplies, letting students and parents decide where the money should be spent.

These are expenses that otherwise do not meet County School funding priorities, so did not qualify for taxpayer money, yet every dollar of grant money is matched by taxpayer dollars.

That seven-year Gates program is described on the Hillsborough County Public Schools website as:

“The district intends to use the funds to develop a quality new-teacher induction program that would include true mentoring relationships; improve our teacher and principal evaluation systems; enhance our professional development system; provide effective incentives for teachers who work with our highest needs students; and improve our entire compensation plan.”

The money may be well-spent in the classrooms, but will anyone know, given that there appears to be little or no County School oversight on the 1,300 projects, or how the money was used to further the grant goals of “revamping the way teachers are recruited, trained and paid”?


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