teach­erS group getS grant

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff re­ports

Ed­u­ca­tion Austin, which rep­re­sents about 4,000 Austin school district teach­ers and other em­ploy­ees, is one of eight groups na­tion­ally to re­ceive grant money from the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers In­no­va­tion Fund.

Ed­u­ca­tion Austin will re­ceive $185,000 the first year and will use the grant to work with Austin In­ter­faith — a coali­tion of re­li­gious con­gre­ga­tions, pub­lic schools and unions — in hopes of cre­at­ing in-district char­ter schools. The district over­sees such schools, but daily op­er­a­tions are man­aged by an out­side or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tion Austin Pres­i­dent Louis Mal­faro said the groups hope to bring teach­ers, par­ents and neigh­bor­hoods to­gether to de­velop cre­ative school de­sign mod­els that have lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­port.

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