School corporations across Indiana are sharing a new state grant designed to reward efforts to recruit and retain effective teachers. State School Superintendent Tony Bennett divided $6 million among 28 school corporations.
The grant was created by the General Assembly in 2011 as an incentive for school districts to implement new evaluation standards required by state law. Bennett says those standards help provide more meaningful feedback to help teachers improve and give financial rewards to the best teachers.
“The state is saying ‘we want to pay for results, we want to pay for greatness, we want to pay for excellence, and we‘re willing to put a sum of money to do just that,’” he says.
Bennett says more than 70 school corporations applied for the grant money and says he will ask the legislature to boost the overall amount to $9 million next year.
Among those receiving the money were Noblesville Schools, which got almost $650,000, Zionsville Community Schools, which received $358,000, and KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory School, which got more than $12,000.
Jenny Froehly with Zionsville School Corporation says she is pleased her district received the grant.
“We have been working hard since the fall to get ready to transition regardless of whether we would have gotten the grant or not,” she says. “They‘ve been on board and collaborating. It‘s been a really positive collaboration with our teachers.”