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Charter Schools Eligible for Teaching American History Grants
The U.S. Department of Education awarded at least three charter school organizations grants totaling nearly $2 million under the Teaching American History (TAH) program in 2010, and the deadline to notify the Department of the intent to apply in 2011 is March 4.
The charter school grants, among 124 grants totaling $115.3 million, were awarded to Amber Charter School in New York City ($499,998), Harlem Day Charter School in New York City ($490,666), and Algiers Charter School Association in Louisiana ($999,750), according to the Department. The award amounts represent the first year of a three-year grant. Details about the charter school projects are available in the awards section of the program’s website. Users can click on the state and scroll to the specific project.
The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' understanding of U.S. history. According to the Department’s applicant information, eligibility applies to local education agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, that are working in partnership with an institution of higher education, a nonprofit, history or humanities organization, or library or museum, No cost sharing or matching is required.
The 2011 program details and opportunities are not yet clear. According to the grant information posted on the Department website, the administration’s budget request for FY 2011 does not include funds for TAH. The administration has proposed instead a broader program: Effective Teaching and Learning for a Well-Rounded Education, which would support activities to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness in American history, among other subject areas.
The invitation for applications for the TAH program was disseminated with the intent to “allow enough time to complete the grant process before the end of the current fiscal year, if Congress appropriates funds for this program,” the website states.