Retooling education – 76,000 students involved

Public secondary schools in New York City are getting $30 million boost from three of the largest U.S. foundations.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corp. of New York and the Open Society Institute have launched the New Century High School Consortium for New York City.

The consortium aims to redesign the city’s public secondary schools that serve approximately 76,000 students.

The consortium is targeting the lowest performing high schools that serve students in low-income neighborhoods, and plans to select 10 schools for redesign and sponsor the creation several small model schools.

Applicant schools will be judged for funding eligibility based upon the strength of their academic plans, faculty commitment and parental and community involvement.

The first grants will be awarded in summer 2001. 

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