Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Toledo, OH — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that Toledo Public Schools (TPS) has been awarded $10,376,904 in federal funding over three years to improve pay structures, recruit and retain great teachers, and provide greater professional opportunities to educators. The funding was awarded through a competitive grant application through the Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program, of which Kaptur wrote a letter of support.
“I am honored to announce that Toledo Public Schools has been awarded over $10 million to invest in the recruitment, retention, and training of their teachers,” said Rep. Kaptur. “As our country continues to adapt to life during the coronavirus pandemic, our teachers have stepped up every step of the way, often without the appreciation or compensation they deserve. This funding will help train, recruit, and retain hard working teachers in our Toledo community and increase achievement among our diverse student population. I am thankful every day for our Toledo Public School teachers.”
“On behalf of the administration and the board of education, we are grateful to learn that Toledo Public Schools has been awarded TIF funding for the next three years,” said Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. “As outlined in our proposal, these funds will be used to invest and improve all parts of the district’s Human Capital Management System. PROUD focuses on a district-wide initiative to attract a more diverse staff to meet the needs of our ever-changing student population. Plans range from redesigning the district’s hiring process to working with local universities and students enrolled in education programs. We feel it is imperative for student teachers to gain hands-on classroom experience so they understand the demands of working in an urban school district.”
The purpose of the Teacher Incentive Fund is to increase teacher and principal effectiveness by awarding grants to LEAs, SEAs, or partnerships for the purpose of creating a performance-based compensation system for teachers and principals. Toledo Public Schools is the fourth largest district in Ohio serving over 22,000 students. Toledo Public Schools applied for the grant as a single applicant, and it hasn’t had an active grant under TSL in the past five years.
In 2013 TPS hired a new Superintendent who subsequently engaged staff and the community in the design of a strategic plan, which guides all improvement work in the district. TPS’s success in recent years, in the face of many challenges, is a testament to the hard work and resilience of the district’s more than 4,300 employees. TPS proposes to build on this momentum through Partnerships, Resources, and Opportunities for Urban Districts (PROUD). The intended long-term outcomes of PROUD align to three of the six goals of the TPS strategic plan: 1) Increase student achievement and growth, 2) Provide a mentally and physically safe environment, and 3) Attract and retain highly skilled and highly performing staff.
Meeting Absolute Priorities 1 and 2 , TPS will implement evidence-based interventions across the district’s 51 schools, of which 44 (86%) are designated high needs. Through PROUD, TPS will: (1) Align and improve current HCMS efforts as well as create new programs and partnerships to attract, prepare, mentor, support, evaluate, compensate, and retain diverse teachers and school leaders (SLs) in all schools. (2) Provide opportunities for exceptional building leaders to be compensated for having a greater impact across the district. (3) Develop targeted growth opportunities, coaching, support, and performance-based compensation for teachers and SLs in 17 identified “Opportunity Zone Schools,” which are currently the hardest-to-staff schools in the district as well as the hardest to sustain improvement. These schools are all located in or serve students who live in a Qualified Opportunity Zone.