Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Gates Foundation Continues Smaller School/class Size Plan

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Gates Foundation Continues Smaller School/class Size Plan

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Following in the footsteps of a similar initiative in Oakland, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a group of Washington state public high schools the equivalent of about $500 per student in funding if the schools agree to scale down into several smaller, independent schools of no more than 600 students each.

The announcement of the proposal, made in February, is just the latest in the foundations' multimillion dollar efforts to help reduce class size. To date, the foundation has donated more than $60 million for such initiatives, including about $15 million to the Oakland school system. The exact total of the Washington donation was not disclosed, but it will include an additional $100 million in scholarships over 13 years. Washington schools can apply for grants if 20 percent of their students are low-income.

Gates, known for his philanthropic largess in addition to being a software mogul, is one of several "Information Age" executives, who made vast fortunes through technology, who have made a point of donating impressive amounts of money to various charities and educational projects. …

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