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April 9, 2010
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Texas Title I Priority Schools Grant Program funded from Federal Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Funds
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is committed to assisting local education agencies (LEAs) in turning around Texas’s persistently lowest-achieving schools and improving the academic performance of all campuses eligible for Title I. This letter is to notify LEAs who are eligible to apply on behalf of one or more eligible campuses for the Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant program, funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds, that the state’s application for funding was approved by the U. S. Department of Education on April 2, 2010.
State Application Available for Review
Grant Eligibility and Awards
The lists of eligible Tier I, Tier II and Tier III campuses and the definition and methodology for determining eligibility are posted on TEA’s NCLB website at
Tier III campuses may implement one of the four intervention models listed above or the Tier III Transformation program. The Tier III Transformation model requires the evaluation of the effectiveness of the campus principal with the evaluation results determining whether the principal should be replaced or retained or needs to receive leadership coaching and professional development; rather than requiring the replacement of the principal.
Five Grant Overview sessions are scheduled. Each presentation will be conducted from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Each session will be video-taped and posted on TEA Grant Opportunities Grants’ website http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx (and connected by links from the NCLB and SIRC websites). The Grant Overview sessions will be conducted at the following sites.
If your staff plan to attend any of the Overview Sessions, please register at https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html using the appropriate workshop number above. There is no fee to register, but in order to ensure space and materials for all participants, registration is strongly recommended. If you have questions regarding the dates or locations of the Overview Sessions, please contact Ms. Allison Ivey or Mr. Cody Huie at SIRC at (512) 919-5458.
All questions received at the overview sessions or submitted electronically to NCLBTTIPS@tea.state.tx.us no later than May 20, 2010, at 5pm CST, will have responses posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms.
Additional information related to the TTIPS grant program will be posted on the NCLB website as it becomes available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=7354&menu_id=798. Resources and other school improvement information are available at www.esc13.net/sirc. The RFA, and links to all resources related to the TTIPS grant program will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the dropdown list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.
Please note that due to the competitive nature of this grant program, staff are limited to directing callers to the answer contained in the materials posted on the website or researching the answer to a new question and posting the response in the FAQ document on the website above. To ensure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions about the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact persons listed below.
If you have questions regarding this grant program, please contact either Ms. Dorothy White or Ms. Erica Coppic in the Division of NCLB Program Coordination at TEA via electronic mail at NCLBTTIPS@tea.state.tx.us or by telephone at (512) 463-9374.
Ann Smisko, Ph.D.
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