For the next five years, public charter schools for students with special education needs will receive extra financial support as part of a $1.7 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledge to public education, reports non-partisan education news site, the74. Most of those funds will go to public schools forming collaborative networks, creating innovative programs for improvement, or concentrating on special education.
According to the article: “In addition to cultivating data-driven, evidence-based innovations in network schools, the foundation will support curriculum development, professional development, and charter schools, especially in their work serving special education students.”
In his speech announcing the funding, Gates listed improving how charter schools serve students with special needs, as well as student performance in math as priorities for foundation support.
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