Brown Announces More than $50 Million in Funds to Reward Teacher Performance in Ohio

Funds Reward Teacher Success, Will Attract Teachers to High-Need Districts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown today announced that the Ohio Department of Education, partnered with Battelle for Kids, will receive $50,862,435 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Funds (TIF) program. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence, attracting teachers and principals to high-need and hard to staff areas, and providing all teachers and principals with the feedback and support they need to succeed.

“There are few things more central to a quality education than quality teachers. Most Americans—even those long out of their school years—can remember an educator who cared about them and made a difference in their lives,” said Brown. “That’s what the Teacher Incentive Fund grant program is designed to do: reward teacher success, attract our best and brightest young adults to the teaching profession, and encourage those teachers to serve in the highest-need school districts across our country. Ohio schools are already some of the best in the country, and this funding will only serve to improve our education system.”

The $50.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education will be allocated to the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids over the next five years; in the first year, Ohio will receive $3,403,660. The funding  is part of a national, competitive grant program.

This year’s winning applicants were selected based on reviews made by a group of 60 independent, expert peer reviewers. Applicants were judged on their comprehensive plans to develop, reward, and support effective teachers and principals in high-need schools, based on evaluations that include multiple measures, including student growth.

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