Pinellas didn't get half-million AmeriCorps grant
The Pinellas County School District applied in April for a half-million dollar AmeriCorps grant intended to bolster academic programs in three low-performing schools. The district learned last week that it didn't get it.
Grants went to public schools in Miami, Austin, Chicago, Denver and Detroit, among others. The School Turnaround AmeriCorps program, which started in February, was created to put AmeriCorps members in low-performing schools nationwide.
Pinellas asked for a three-year grant for help in Fairmount Park, Lakewood and Woodlawn elementary schools. Part of the plan included student volunteers to provide tutoring and onsite substitutes who could be used to reduce the number of unfilled teacher vacancies. The district had promised to provide matching funds of about $611,000.
It's not clear why Pinellas didn't receive the grant. Here's the announcement from the U.S. Department of Education.