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Multimillion Dollar Gates Foundation Grants Going to 7 Cities for Charter-District Collaboration
Seven cities are being awarded multimillion dollar grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to back collaboration between charter and district schools, according to a December 5, 2012, announcement from the Foundation.
The grants totaling about $23.6 million will go to the cities “over the next few years,” with New Orleans receiving $2,968,172; Hartford, $4,996,773; Boston, $3,250,000; Denver, $4,001,999; Spring Branch, Texas, $2,192,636; Philadelphia, $2,499,210; and New York City, $3,699,999, according to the Foundation. The cities were picked from 16 cities that have formed charter-district collaboration compacts and received support from the Foundation.
The grants will enable the cities to “continue scaling and working on initiatives, including joint professional development for teachers in charter and district schools; implementing the Common Core State Standards with aligned instructional tools and supports for teachers; creating personalized learning experiences for students; universal enrollment system for all public schools in a city; and common metrics to help families evaluate all schools on consistent criteria.”
The Foundation “is likely to make another round of compact-related funding announcements” in 2013 to support “mutually beneficial financing and facility use proposals,” possibly “in the form of low-cost loans, credit enhancements or risk sharing structures that leverage external funding and can serve as proof points towards the ultimate goal of open facility access to high performing schools regardless of governance.”