Putting Education Reform To The Test

Hillsborough Wins Principal Development Grant

The Wallace Foundation

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.


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