Grant To Help Student Achievement


Posted: June 20, 2005

The nation's largest teachers union and a partner organization on Monday announced a $500,000 grant to support efforts in Milwaukee to close achievement gaps between racial minority students and white students and between low-income students and others. The grant from the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation to the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association and Milwaukee Public Schools is to support the Milwaukee Partnership Academy, a coalition involving the school district, the local union, and civic and educational organizations working on improving educational outcomes for Milwaukee students.

The grant could be renewed four more years and end up totaling $2.5 million, the union said in a statement.

It was the second such grant from the union and its foundation. A year ago, a grant was awarded to Hamilton County, Tenn.

The academy has received several multimillion-dollar grants for such things as improving reading and math education in MPS schools. It has focused much of its attention on training teachers, both those new to the profession and those who have been on the job.

From the June 21, 2005, editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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