Fort Wayne district wins $15M for teacher training

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The Fort Wayne Community Schools district has received a two-year $15 million federal grant for a plan to enhance teacher training and incentives.

The district plans to spend the money on expanding its program that provides training to classroom teachers to step into administrative positions and offer intensive teacher training over the summer and during the school year.

District Superintendent Wendy Robinson tells The Journal Gazette that the extra money will give the district the chance to try approaches it couldn't otherwise afford.

The Fort Wayne district is among 35 winners of the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Incentive Fund Grant and the only one from Indiana. More than $42 million could be available for the district over five years, but future funding still needs congressional approval.

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