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The Austin Independent School District was awarded $248,245 in federal grants to hire licensed mental health professionals (LMHP) to join its police department. According to the district, the grant will fund two contracted, part-time LMHPs who will respond and assess high-risk crisis calls involving things like trauma, mental health and suicide. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin and Austin Independent School District are being awarded federal grants aimed at improving community policing efforts, totaling nearly $450,000. The City of Austin is receiving $200,000 De-Escalation Law Enforcement Agency grants. Austin ISD is receiving a $248,245 grant for Crisis Intervention Teams – Implementation of CIT project. view article arw

Region One Education Service Center, a center that assists school districts in the Rio Grande Valley, has been awarded a $4 million federal grant to support a cohort of low-income students from middle and high schools.  The grant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP Partnership), will equip educators to increase preparedness and success for students’ post-graduate education, according to a news release from the office of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen.) view article arw

The Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation annual golf classic raised $118,000 for students and programs. With 36 participating teams and 144 golfers in a sold out tournament, the “Music in Motion” themed event was held at the Golf Course at Star Ranch on Oct. 4.  Stantec was the Grand Slam presenting sponsor with a $10,000 donation. Ace sponsors Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, Dell Technologies, HPM and McCreary, Veselka Bragg & Allen PC, contributed $5,000 each. view article arw

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching announced this week that it has been awarded a three-year, $12 million grant from the federal Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program to partner with the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity and four Texas school districts – Slaton, Crockett, Gladewater and Somerset ISDs – to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness and improve teaching and learning in 19 high-need schools. This grant was designed to combat the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and help accelerate student achievement in some of Texas’ highest-need communities, according to a news release. view article arw

The Burkeville Independent School District has announced that they have received a $262,183.00 grant for the Burkeville High School welding program. The announcement came from Curriculum Director Crystal Day, and she says it comes via a “JET Grant”, which is the Jobs and Education for Texans program and also involves the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT). view article arw

SLATON, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – The following is a press release from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching:  The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) announced today [Tuesday] that it has been awarded a three-year, $12 million grant from the federal Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program to partner with the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) and four Texas school districts – Crockett, Gladewater, Slaton and Somerset ISDs – to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness and improve teaching and learning in 19 high-need schools. This grant was designed to combat the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and help accelerate student achievement in some of Texas’ highest-need communities. view article arw

The Marshall ISD Education Foundation has been busy this fall, helping out some Mavericks at all campuses. “We were excited to give away 69 grants with a total of $48,609 for the fall semester,” Marshall ISD Education Foundation Member Christy Godwin said Tuesday. Foundation members visited each district campus on Friday to award the grants to the winning teachers in person, allowing the teachers to celebrate the grant with their students. Some of the grants awarded this fall allow funding to teachers for math programs, sensory bins for elementary school classrooms, reading programs, an outdoor garden for Price T. Young Elementary School students, digital globes for students at Marshall Junior High School, newscast studio equipment for students at Marshall High School, a kiln to fire pottery for art students and funding for a variety of science lab experiments at Marshall High School. view article arw

TEMPLE, Texas – The Temple Independent School District is one of five school districts from across the state to receive a Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Big Thinkers Grant presented by Oncor.  These grants help support school education programs and initiatives benefiting students looking to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  Representatives of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and Oncor presented a check for the $1,000 grant to Dr. Jason Mayo, principal of Temple High School, at the Wildcats home football game against Harker Heights last Friday night. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Independent School District received over $100 million in funds from the Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II and III Grants.  The ESSER III grant is part of the American Rescue Plan, in which Texas received $16.7 billion. The district said the funds will be used for various student/teacher improvements across AISD, as the district works to return normalcy to its classrooms. All funds the district receives from the grant must be spent by September 30, 2024.  According to the TEA, AISD received $72,709,732 in ESSER III funds. The ESSER II Grant is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA), in which the district received more than $30 million. view article arw

LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – Lufkin ISD received a $7.5 million federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. The 21st Century ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) programs aim to improve students’ attendance, behavior and academics as it provides a safe supplemental learning space. In Lufkin ISD, Texas ACE will provide before school, after school and summer activities at no charge for K-5 students in Title I schools. The program is funded federally through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC). The grant of $7.5 million will be used for five years. view article arw

Hundreds of parents, students and community members attended Frisco ISD’s school board meeting Monday to demonstrate their position on the mask debate. Inside, the auditorium was divided in two — with those in support of a mask mandate wearing white clothing to demonstrate their support. Leading up to the meeting, a group of pro-maskers were protesting outside of the administration building, calling for the district to issue a mandate that masks be used in schools. view article arw

Paris ISD principals named employees and/or students for the August GROWL Awards “Getting Results from Outstanding Wildcat Leaders.” Winners are Rosalinda Silva, Anthony Lopez, Hailey Brown, Phyllis Huggins, Jessica Hodges, D’Anna Graham, Nancy Waldrum, and Misty Chelius. view article arw

TEMPLE, Texas — Temple College and Temple ISD received a grant worth around $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education with the hopes of expanding their cybersecurity curriculum, according to a news release Thursday. A goal of the new initiative is to try and increase the number of female and minority students who enter the field. Additionally, a major focus is to get more students at Temple High School enrolled in dual credit classes that focus on cybersecurity. The grant will help pay for these classes, as well as help the school fund new computer equipment and certification tests, the news release says. view article arw

PHARR, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez met with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD board members to discuss the American Rescue Plan funds awarded to the district. Gonzalez presented a $131,483,000 check to the board members and explained that the funds are to be used under the Department of the Treasury guidelines. view article arw

COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Copperas Cove ISD was awarded $225,000 to help junior high students with their math lessons by incorporating technology. The funds will be provided via two grants, the school district said. The first one is $125,000 and the second grant is $100,000 spread out over the next three years. Sixth grade math students are the first in the district to incorporate the new program, with seventh graders joining in the next school year and eighth grade students in the 2023-2024 school year, the district said. view article arw

Educators from across Round Rock ISD campuses and departments were selected to receive $125,000 in Excellence in Education Grants from the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation. The Excellence in Education Grants provides resources for educators to execute innovative ideas, programs, materials, equipment, field trips, and various other needs that enhance student learning. All Round Rock ISD students are impacted by the grants in some capacity. view article arw

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has been awarded a five-year $1.525 million grant for its Afterschool Centers for Education program, also known as ACE, paving the way for the program to expand to every campus in the district. The grant funding was awarded through the Texas Education Agency’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers award program, and more than doubles the approximate $650,000 historically allotted to the district, said ACE program director Grace Aguirre-Garcia, a UHS class of 1995 graduate who joined the district in 2019. view article arw

Aubrey Middleton has found a way to continue the back-to-school outreach program established by her mother, Lory Middleton, who died in May.  Aubrey, founder of Lory’s Legacy Foundation, presented 250 backpacks filled with school supplies to E.C. Mason Elementary School on July 15.  “My mom was the glue that held so many communities together with her love and giving heart,” Aubrey said. “E.C. Mason was the school that I attended and where my mom was president of the PTO for many years, so we felt it was the perfect school to receive our donation.” view article arw

MONTGOMERY, TX — Montgomery Independent School District is receiving input from the public on its plans for federal grant money in the 2021-22 school year. The school district received $772,447 in federal funding through the Title I, Title II and Title IV programs last school year. With the addition of ESSER grants established to help schools recover from and navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery ISD is applying for over $7.2 million in grants for 2021-22. view article arw

Port Aransas schools are getting reimbursed for measures they took to get things up and running after Hurricane Harvey. The district on Monday announced it had received a grant for more than $1.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for things such as generators, air dryers, portables and security. Those items and more were needed in the aftermath of the Category 4 storm hit the area Aug. 25, 2017. view article arw

The Round Rock school district awarded $1.9 million in grants to 34 campuses to help foster innovation in schools through programs, models or initiatives that enrich learning. The grants range from $7,500 to $100,000 and support the district’s strategic goal of implementing, enhancing and reinforcing innovative teachings and learning models, according to a district news release. view article arw

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today that its 2015 corporate and foundation giving to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education totals almost $6 million. Focused on collaborative strategies to improve student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education, TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation designate "Power of STEM Education" grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence. Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today. view article arw

A local school that has been underperforming for years, is shaking things up for the new school year with the help of a $4.8 million grant. Indian Spring Middle School is under a state mandate to turn things around and their principal is hoping this multi-million dollar grant will help them do just that. view article arw