Gates Foundation Invests Almost $5M in Hartford Schools

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced education grants totaling nearly $25 million for seven cities, including almost $5 million for Hartford.

The foundation is giving Hartford $4,996,773.

The communities chosen are among a group of 16 cities that have signed District-Charter Collaboration Compacts, plans for bold collaboration between public charter and district public schools, according to the foundation.

The investment, according to the foundation, enables the communities 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.  

Since 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in District-Charter Collaboration Compacts in Austin; Baltimore; Boston; Central Falls, Rhode Island; Chicago; Denver; Hartford; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Nashville; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Rochester, New York; Sacramento; and Spring Branch, Texas.

Each Compact city was awarded $100,000 when the Compacts were signed. The competitive grant program for Compact cities was announced in December 2011 and all 16 Compact cities were eligible and competed for the RFP funds.

Over the next few years, each of the seven winning cities will receive grants totaling the following:

  • New Orleans: $2,968,172
  • Hartford: $4,996,773
  • Boston: $3,250,000
  • Denver: $4,001,999
  • Spring Branch: $2,192,636
  • Philadelphia: $2,499,210
  • New York City: $3,699,999

The foundation is likely to make another round of compact-related funding announcements in the second quarter of 2013.

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