How charters will spend Gates’ $60 million

Educated Guess describes how a consortium of California charter schools will spend $60 million in Gates Foundation teacher effectiveness grants.

* A one-year residency program for aspiring teachers;

* A data warehouse of assessments to measure individual students’ growth;

* A performance-based pay system that teacher help design.

Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, ICEF Public Schools, Green Dot Public Schools and PUC Schools, all based in Los Angeles, and Aspire Public Schools, based in Oakland, will raise another $26 million to match the seven-year grant. The consortium serves more than 28,000 students.

The stipend for promising teaching will allow teachers to observe good teachers and gain confidence in the classroom before having to plunge into their first full-time job.

Three school districts – Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida, Memphis City Schools in Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Public Schools in Pennsylvania – also received money.

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  1. I wonder what it would cost Gates to bankrupt a school district by offering private scholarships to every kid in the district?