Philly schools to receive $2.5M from Gates Foundation

December 5, 2012 9:40:01 AM PST
Philadelphia is one of seven cities that will split $25 million in education funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Philadelphia; Boston; Denver; New Orleans; New York; Hartford, Conn.; and Spring Branch, Texas, are recipients of the grants announced Wednesday.

The cities are among 16 that signed a collaboration compact designed to reduce tension between district and charter schools. The agreement entails sharing resources and best practices.

By signing the compact, each city received $100,000 and became eligible for further funding.

Over the next few years, Hartford will receive the most funding with nearly $5 million and Denver with about $4 million. The other cities will receive between $2.1 million and $3.7 million each - Philadelphia's cut being $2.5 million.

A statement released Wednesday by The Philadelphia School District detailed the three key areas the grant will support:


  • The creation of the Urban Leadership Academy, a principal pipeline development program which will assist 40-50 aspiring principals to obtain administrator certification annually;
  • The expansion of the "Train the Trainer" Teacher Effectiveness Program of Mastery Charter Schools' program to develop teachers in District, charter, private and Archdiocese schools; and
  • The construction of benchmark assessments aligned to national Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts.
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    Funds will go toward projects including universal enrollment systems and joint professional development for charter and district teachers.


    Information provided by The Associated Press was used in the writing of this article.

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