TTIPS Grant Description

The Texas Title I Priority for Schools (TTIPS) grants are made from funds made available under Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), currently authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Awards for Cycle 2 of the TTIPS grant were announced in August 2011.
 The purpose of the TTIPS grant is to provide funding to LEAs that have the capacity and commitment to implement rapid, dramatic reforms to turn around the state’s most struggling campuses. Tier I and Tier II grantees must fully implement, beginning at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, one of the following four federally required models of reform by implementing a design developed by the LEA or the state’s TEA-designed program supported with technical assistance provided by SIRC on behalf of TEA:
  1. Turnaround Model: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
  2. School Closure: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district.  
  3. Transformation Model: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
  4. Restart Model: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization.