Model schools – Millions for Bay Area

Three communities in the Bay Area will receive millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create small model schools, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Nov. 10.

The foundation has awarded $15 million to Oakland alone, with part of the money designated to help the Oakland Unified School District research and create small high-performing units within the community’s six high schools.

The rest of the gift will boost efforts by parents and community groups to create nine small elementary schools. The schools will set their own academic standards but the school district would still manage their administrative load.

In addition to the Oakland grants, the foundation plans to announce grants for schools in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto to fund similar initiatives.

The New Technology Foundation in Napa expects to receive $4.9 million to replicate its New Technology High School model in 10 northern California cities.

The Gates Foundation has given more than $126 million to improve and design schools in its home state of Washington and half a dozen other states nationwide.

For full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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