Gates awards $21M to Chicago schools

April 18, 2006 at 10:48 AM

CHICAGO, April 18 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a record $21 million grant to 14 Chicago high schools to improve the curriculum and train teachers.

School officials were working out specifics of improvements in English, math and science programs that are to debut this fall for freshmen at 14 Chicago high schools.

The grant -- the largest awarded by the Gates Foundation to a single school district -- also includes intensive teacher training, new equipment and new ways to assess student performance, the foundation said in a release.

"The impact of this grant will be long-lasting," Mayor Richard Daley said at a news conference Monday. "We will take what we learn and apply it across the entire system over the next few years so that all of our children will benefit."

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