State Education Commissioner Tim Webb today announced funding through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will expand the department’s on-line learning initiative.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is among 60 school districts in Tennessee awarded grants to launch the program.
Building on what’s known as the e4TN initiative, the state will expand opportunities for students to enroll and succeed in online courses through the new e4000TN program. The program provides support and resources in hopes of enrolling 4,000 students in e-Learning courses in 60 school districts across the state.
The grant will provide MNPS high schools $10,000 to be used for personnel and equipment, and another $10,000 credit available to access current e4TN e-Learning courses.
“It’s important that we expand access to these courses for students across our state,” Webb said. “These programs can help our children succeed in many different ways — through credit recovery, advanced coursework and schedule flexibility.”
School districts, including MNPS, can utilize the grant funding to provide programs that include: distance learning opportunities; credit recovery; advanced credit; serving gifted, special education or English Language Learner populations; supplementing or driving Advanced Placement offerings; filling teacher shortages; or serving homebound students.
“These types of programs making learning more accessible for students,” said Dan Long, the state’s executive director of assessment, evaluation and research. “We’re excited to have this additional funding to expand the program and to know that more students will be college- and career-ready because of it."