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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