Some of the money would help fund the academy's takeover of Orr High
School on the West Side and two of its feeder schools, Howe Elementary
and Morton Elementary. Under the district's plan, which is expected to
be approved by the Chicago Board of Education in February, the staff at
all three schools would need to reapply for their jobs.
Gates to donate $10.3 million to CPS Chicago Sun Times
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is contributing $10.3 million to
help fix the three ailing small schools in Orr High School, the subject
of a series of academic fixes since 1995, as well as two other high
schools, officials are expected to announce today.
caused a national stir last week, when it announced it would replace
teachers at four failing high schools and the elementary schools that
feed them. This morning, the private group leading the reform effort at
some of the schools is getting a ten million dollar vote of confidence
from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Academy for Urban
School Leadership says the money will provide critical support, as it
tries to recruit and hire more than a hundred top teachers.
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