Recovery Act Helps Expand Tennessee’s Online Learning Program
Friday, March 26, 2010 2:10 pm
NASHVILLE – Education Commissioner Timothy Webb today announced Title II-D Education Technology funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the Tennessee Department of Education’s e4TN online learning initiative.
Building on the success of e4TN, the Department of Education will expand opportunities for students to enroll and succeed in online courses through the e4000TN program. The program provides support and resources in hopes of enrolling 4000 students in e-Learning courses in 60 school districts across the state, including Cannon County.
“It’s important that we expand access to these courses for students across our state,” Commissioner Webb said. “These programs can help our children succeed in many different ways – through credit recovery, advanced coursework and schedule flexibility.”
Through a competitive process, 60 school districts were awarded grants to begin e4000TN programs. The grant provides the districts serving high school students $10,000 to be used for personnel and equipment, and another $10,000 credit available to access current e4TN e-Learning courses.
School districts 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, State 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.”