Bill Gates Just Gave $100 Million to Impoverished US Schools
It’s part of a larger five-year initiative.
Bill Gates is on a roll.
After the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation amplified donations to a help teachers stock their classrooms with school supplies last week, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist is now determined to help US schools more directly.
The foundation plans to lift up impoverished public schools by funding third-party groups, many of which already have an established relationship with the Gates Foundation, according to AP.
The foundation released on Tuesday the first round of almost $100 million for 19 programs working with middle and high schools within communities living in poverty across 13 states. The funding is part of a larger $460 million budget which will be distributed over the next five years, to assist low-income students and send more communities of color to college.
Today we are excited to announce new investments in Networks for School Improvement. We’re proud to join partners, school leaders, and communities to make sure all students get the great education they deserve. #AlwaysLearningpic.twitter.com/8yuRtmhUbF— Gates Education (@gatesed) August 28, 2018
Gates’ grants will make it possible for schools to work with supportive networks including charter management organizations and non-profits. The goals include putting students on a path to undergraduate education by instilling mathematic and English proficiency, and guiding high schoolers through the application process. Each group will use school specific information to address the issues holding each particular student body back.
"We're not inventing anything in this strategy," Bob Hughes, who leads Gates' K-12 education program, told AP. “We're taking what we learned from research and experience.”
Tackling education from a local and regional level is a relatively new approach for the Gates Foundation, which previously supported national efforts geared towards school sizes, meeting academic standards, and teacher ratings. After championing the Common Core State Standards, Gates was met with his fair share of criticism. Intended to give all children an equal education with $280 million, many parents and teachers alike felt the approach was too vague.
Now, granting more support for individualized proposals could change that.