Posted on September 23, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that two Tennessee school districts were awarded Teaching American History grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling approximately $1.8 million. Loudon County Schools received $964,297 and Wilson County School System received $763,617 to improve teachers' knowledge of American history. "American history is vital to understanding our nation's past and also our future," said Frist. "This funding will better equip our teachers with the tools to inspire our children to learn the history of our country. I congratulate both Loudon and Wilson County Schools for winning these awards." "It is time to put the teaching of American history and civics back in its rightful place in our schools so that our children can grow up learning what it means to be an American," Alexander said. "The first bill I introduced in the Senate does just that through Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students. I applaud the Department of Education for recognizing the need for these grants, and I am proud of the Tennessee schools that are receiving them." The Teaching American History grant program supports three-year projects to improve teachers' knowledge, understanding and appreciation for American history through intensive, ongoing professional development. Projects must be in partnership with organizations that have extensive knowledge of American history, including libraries, museums, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, and higher education institutions. A total of 114 school districts in 38 states around the country will receive $98.5 million in Teaching American History grants.