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Schools asking Gates Foundation for more funding

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis and Shelby County schools are asking the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $10 million in additional funding so that a teacher effectiveness agenda can be spread to up to 3,200 county teachers when the districts merge.

The Commercial Appeal ( reports school leaders submitted the 95-page proposal to the foundation on Aug. 31.

Memphis City Schools received approval four years ago to receive $90 million over seven years from the Gates Foundation to define excellent teaching and improve teacher hiring, pay and work climate. The newspaper reports the current proposal seeks enough funding to expand the program countywide.

The proposal estimates the cost to be $82 million more than what was originally agreed to, but says the district and philanthropists would cover $72 million of the cost.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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