Harry Reid announces more than $9 million to reward outstanding teachers


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Harry Reid today announced that the Washoe County School District will receive more than $9 million over five years through the Teacher Incentive Fund Program. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, aims to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence, attracting teachers and principals to high-need and hard to staff areas and providing all teachers and principals with the support they need to succeed.

“I am pleased that the Washoe County School District was awarded these funds to strengthen the district’s teacher and principal corps and reward excellence,” said Reid. “I congratulate Superintendent Heath Morrison and the entire district on this significant grant award.”

The Washoe County School District will use these funds to target nine of its highest-need schools. Their program will focus on working with teachers to establish fair evaluation systems, support teacher retention and develop a sustainable system to recognize and reward effectiveness. The U.S. Department of Education awarded 61 other grants to rural and urban school districts, as well as non-profit groups and state education organizations across the country.

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