THE FRANKLIN County School District was recently recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) in the Best for All Districts for strategic spending on student achievement.
Franklin County was among 67 districts recognized for significantly investing federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to drive student achievement, and improving academic outcomes according to the TDOE website. Beginning in 2020, the U.S. Congress responded to the global COVID-19 health pandemic by passing several pieces of legislation, and as a result Tennessee benefited from over $4.5 billion for K-12 education to be spent between spring 2020 and fall 2024. Through three rounds of funding, referred to as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 funds, over $3.58 billion went directly to local school districts. The TDOE website stated that the Best for All Districts will spend their share of the $3.58 billion in federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding directly on services, resources and supports that will help students achieve academically.
Also, according to the TDOE website, the department understands the importance of rewarding investments in mission-critical initiatives that are most likely to benefit students.
“Tennessee’s Best for All Districts are truly deserving of this recognition for their strong commitment to strategically investing in their students at a time when there were literally billions of other opportunities to spend,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “Our kids deserve the best possible education we can provide them, and I am proud to honor our Best for All Districts for their leadership in putting a clear focus on academic achievement to help them succeed.”
Along with receiving monetary funds, Franklin County, along with each of the 67 chosen districts, will also receive promotion via the TDOE’s social media platforms. In addition to social media promotion throughout the year, each district will be featured for a full week on the department’s social media pages.
For more information on Best for All, visit the Tennessee Department of Education website at tn.gov/education.html. GN