Hillsborough County Schools issued $100 million grant

01/21/10 Jamie Kidder
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The Hillsborough County School Board has been issued a $100 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier today, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia spoke to the Hillsborough County Planning Commission about how they plan to use the money.

The $100 million grant given to Hillsborough schools by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations nationwide, was one of four such grants issued nationwide.

Part of the grant money would go to creating a new form teacher evaluation.

A new salary schedule would be based off the evaluations, giving new graduates more incentive to become teachers instead of going into the private sector. Teachers will have the option of keeping the old style step-based pay scale, which would benefit more veteran teachers.

WMNF asked Elia how the district would continue to fund these projects after the seven years of grant money dries up. She also spoke about why the district was chosen for the grant.

More information about the grant can be found at (Empowering Effective Teachers](http://communication.sdhc.k12.fl.us/empoweringteachers/). You can contact the school board regarding the grant by writing grantteachers@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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