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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
March 11, 2019
The Gates Foundation is hoping better curriculum will boost student learning. A new study says, not so fast
The results raise questions about the likelihood the Gates Foundation’s curriculum-focused approach will do what its leaders hoped.
Following the money
September 12, 2018
Looking to curb absenteeism, other chronic problems, Memphis invests in data specialists with Gates money
Solving problems like chronic absenteeism is the goal of the nearly $1 million philanthropic dollars earmarked for 15 Shelby County schools.
August 28, 2018
Gates Foundation gives $92 million to networks of schools in latest reform effort
Most of the 19 new grants are going to nonprofit organizations, including a group of urban California districts and New Visions, a New York City-based network.
a high-stakes evaluation
June 21, 2018
The Gates Foundation bet big on teacher evaluation. The report it commissioned explains how those efforts fell short.
New research commissioned by Gates finds scant evidence that evaluation changes accomplished what they were meant to: improve teacher quality or boost student learning.
April 13, 2018
Don’t just talk about tech: How ‘personalized learning’ advocates are honing their messaging
Don’t call schools outdated and don’t focus on technology. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document .
March 19, 2018
Detroit school chief wants to eliminate small high schools at Cody, Carson, and Mumford
Vitti says consolidating the schools would save the district almost $2 million.
February 13, 2018
To fight poverty in U.S., Bill and Melinda Gates say they may move beyond education
The couple’s philanthropy has had an outsized influence on U.S. schools over the last two decades.
money for reform
November 13, 2017
Where do the nation’s big charter boosters send their cash? More and more to charter networks
Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, particularly ones where charter schools are better at raising test scores.
October 23, 2017
Gates Foundation: Before we spend $1 billion on school ‘networks,’ tell us how they should work
The foundation wants existing “networks” to explain how they spend their money, and what's already worked for them.
October 17, 2017
Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos
At a symposium last week number of independent charter school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization.
$$ and schools
October 5, 2017
Memphis philanthropists, school leaders talk funding strategies at D.C. forum
A contingent from Memphis joins leaders from 16 other cities at a one-day forum hosted by the DC Public Education Fund in Washington.
year in review
December 22, 2016
Five stories that shaped Memphis public schools in 2016
From school closures to enrollment wars and collaboration with charter schools, here are some of the major storylines in Memphis education in 2016.
September 6, 2016
New data tracking system will save Memphis educators hours every week, officials say
Known as Ed-Fi, the new system pulls from state, district and school-level databanks use by educators in Shelby County Schools.
April 12, 2016
Memphis district embraces one-year extension of Gates award as crucial to teacher improvement work
Shelby County Schools receives an extension from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving the district more time to use $11 million left from the 2009 gift.
Gauging a game changer
March 16, 2016
How $90 million from Bill Gates spurred sweeping changes in one school district
As an unprecedented six-year investment begins to dry up in Memphis schools, leaders seek to sustain the teacher quality reforms that have just begun to take root.
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