The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it would invest $335 million to support effective teaching, including $90 million to Memphis City Schools for its Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI).
"We are convinced that in order to dramatically improve education in America, we must first ensure that every student has an effective teacher in every subject, every school year," Melinda Gates said. "These communities have shown extraordinary commitment to tackling one of the most important education issues of our time."
To read specifics about what MCS plans to do with the funding — to be awarded over six years — here is an earlier blog post.
The announcement of the grants culminated a yearlong application process. Other funding was awarded to Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a coalition of charter school management organizations in Los Angeles.