TASD receives $9 million grant

TASD receives $9 million grant

The Texarkana Arkansas School District has a good reason to celebrate.
The Texarkana Arkansas School District has a good reason to celebrate.

Thursday U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan awarded TASD with a $9.4 million Magnet School Assistance Program grant.

The MSAP grant helps school districts increase public school choices for parents and help districts attract a diverse group of students from throughout their communities.

TASD was the only district in Arkansas to receive the MSAP grant.

The grant will fund the district's K-8 Leadership & Entrepreneurship through the Arts and Design Project.  The LEAD Project will incorporate project-based learning with the tenets of being College and Career Ready from the Common Core standards and will build on the highly successful Advanced Placement program at Arkansas High School.

TASD Superintendent Becky Kesler said, "This grant helps to address the disparities in funding and will provide the necessary resources for program development, staff development, and curriculum development for special magnet programs and ultimately support student achievement."

Three strong initiatives will guide the LEAD's project's implementation and provide significant benefits to the project:
Adoption of curricula, aligned to the National Common Core Standards that emphasize social equity, environmental integrity and economic vitality.

Comprehensive teacher professional development in the latest instructional best practices, advanced content, innovative software applications and appropriate technological support.

An aggressive approach to recruitment to increase diversity within the district.


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