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Governor Awarded $2.24 Million to Arizona Schools

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Second Year Distribution of $12 Million Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant

PHOENIX - Governor Janet Napolitano today announced $2.24 million has been awarded to 30
schools throughout the state of Arizona in the second year of the Arizona Teacher Excellence
Project (AzTEP).

AzTEP is a three-year, $12 million grant made available through the U.S. Department of
Education. The grant will assist in recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers for
tribal schools and schools located in former Enterprise communities.
"All school teachers deserve the opportunity to improve their craft, and all Arizona children
deserve to benefit," said Napolitano. "My Arizona Teacher Excellence Plan was created for this
very purpose: To recruit quality teachers, and give them incentives to stay at these schools."
The money from the AzTEP grant will be used to address high teacher turnover through various
programs focusing on scholarships for potential teachers, teacher induction for beginning
teachers and Master Teacher, National Board Certification and professional development for
existing teachers.

More than 700 teachers and 10,000 students will benefit from the grant in fiscal year 2005.
Twenty-five schools located in the Navajo Nation, Tohono O'odham Nation, Salt River Pima-
Maricopa Indian Community and San Carlos Apache Reservation and five schools in Yuma,
Santa Cruz and Maricopa Counties will receive a total of $2.24 million.

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