Paying For Poverty

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Teacher Incentive Fund Annual Performance Report

Abstract: The Teacher Incentive Fund is a competitive grant program. The purpose of the TIF program is to support projects that develop and implement performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in order to increase educator effectiveness and student achievement in high-need schools.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 45.
Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 2,070

Average Total Federal Employee Compensation: $123,160. At half that amount, $61,580 the government will spend $127,470,600 reviewing the forty-five comments they will receive from this award to support the additional payment to teachers and principals for teaching in high-need schools. If these schools were to receive the $127,470,600 directly they wouldn’t be “high-need”.

Applications for New Awards; Strengthening Institutions Program

Purpose of Program: The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $86,534,000 for awards for the SIP program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $3,699,000 for this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000-$450,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $415,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 8-9.

Applications for New Awards; Strengthening Institutions Program

Purpose of Program: The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $86,534,000 for awards for the SIP program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $3,699,000 for this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000-$600,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $550,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 6-7.

These awards amount to $7,398,000 to help institutions of higher education serve low-income students. Providing these students with jobs, stipends, or scholorships so that they can pay for their own education would be a better use of these funds.

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