By Scarlen Valderaz [Special to The Tennessee Conservative] –
This grant is aimed to support an LEA’s effort in meeting a student’s academic needs, social and emotional needs, and mental needs via equitable and inclusive methods.
The grant that HCS received is in the amount of $251,593 with $70,000 of it being used as the salary for a project manager and $4,372 going towards indirect costs.
Via this grant, HCS will begin the Hamilton County Schools’ Fostering Diverse Schools Project where at least seven cross-community partners will be engaged in the planning of this project.
Among those partners will be students, families, educators, community members. It is not yet known how or when these partners will be chosen.
This project will aim to, “reimagine how student transportation can support equitable access to well-rounded educational opportunities for all students.”
The project will focus on the schools with poverty levels of 75% or more and will include training teachers on how to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This grant comes after the state of Tennessee considers the possibility of rejecting federal funds.
Must we not forget that a large population of HCS students are not reading or doing math at grade level. It is unclear how this grant will help students that are not doing well academically. Central office employment seems to grow while student academic success continues to decline.
This grant can be up for discussion at the upcoming school board meeting on November 9, 2023.