Denver Public Schools awarded $4 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

7 districts agree to work with charter schools

PHILADELPHIA - Denver Public Schools was among seven school districts that will split $25 million in education funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Besides Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, New York,  Hartford, Conn. and Spring Branch, Texas, are recipients of the grants announced Wednesday.

The communities are among 16 that signed a collaboration compact designed to reduce tension between district and charter schools. The agreement entails sharing resources and best practices.

By signing the compact, each district received $100,000 and became eligible for further funding.

Over the next few years, Hartford will get nearly $5 million and Denver about $4 million. The other districts will receive between $2.2 million and $3.7 million each.

Funds will go toward projects including universal enrollment systems and joint professional development for charter and district teachers.