Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced new competitive funding for seven cities as part of its goal to foster for bold collaboration between public charter and district schools. The cities receiving grants totaling nearly $25 million are: Boston, Denver, Hartford (CT), New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Spring Branch (TX).
“When schools and leaders in communities work together, learn from each other, share resources, best practices and sometimes even facilities, collectively we have a better chance at improving the educational opportunities for all children,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “We applaud these cities for helping to lead the way and look forward to continuing to learn from their efforts and collaboration to benefit more students throughout the country.”
These communities are part of a group of 16 cities that have signed District-Charter Collaboration Compacts. In these cities, public charter and district school leaders, teachers, superintendents, and other community partners, such as mayors, local teachers’ unions and/or school board members, are working together to ensure all students in their communities receive a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career.