Philadelphia Inquirer: Gates Foundation gives schools $2.5M to build effectiveness

By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Philadelphia $2.5 million Wednesday to promote collaboration between public and charter schools and fund projects aimed at boosting teacher training and principal leadership, among other things.

Philadelphia was one of seven cities nationwide to get Gates money, which will be distributed over three years. The public and charter school communities in each city – the others are Boston, Denver, Hartford, Conn., New Orleans, New York City, and Spring Branch, Texas – have signed agreements pledging cooperation and stating mutual goals.

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