Hillsborough County has won another national education grant, this time to improve principal training.
The Wallace Foundation announced Hillsborough was one of six districts to share a $75 million, six-year grant. Districts will receive $7.5 million to $12.5 million to develop programs in four areas: rigorous job requirements, high-quality training, selective hiring, and on-the-job evaluation and support.
The six districts are urban with a significant low-income population: Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina; Denver; Gwinnett County, Ga. in the Atlanta suburbs; New York City; and Prince George’s County, Md. in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
Wallace will cover two-thirds of the funding, while the districts must cover the final third. Hillsborough won a $100 million Gates Foundation grant in 2009 to design teacher and administrator evaluations and a pay-for-performance system. Wallace officials said in a press release they chose the six districts because they already had programs to groom principals.