Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Umm, Bill...how about U-46?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $21 million to the Chicago Public Schools system on Monday to set up a more challenging curriculum in city high schools that will better prepare students for college and boost graduation rates...

The "transformation project" is part of a focus that includes Renaissance 2010, an initiative that closes the lowest-performing schools and replaces them with smaller schools free from many district controls.

The foundation started by Microsoft Corp.'s chairman and his wife has invested more than $65 million in the Chicago district and $1.3 billion nationally, Vander Ark said. (source: Daily Herald 4/18/06)
$65M for Chicago schools...how about a few million for Illinois's second-largest school district? Elginite to Connie Neale: No more coffee breaks for grant writers.


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