MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee at Martin has formed a partnership designed to improve public education in West Tennessee.
The Northwest Tennessee Rural Education Collaborative is open for the counties of Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion and Weakley. Twenty-three school directors from the nine counties have signed the memorandum. The UT Martin College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences will be an ex-officio member.
According to a news release from the university, members will work together to advance education in their respective school districts by collaborating on projects of mutual interest.
The partnership has completed its first project by submitting a validation grant proposal. If funded, the grant would help districts find ways to increase ACT scores.