Education

Urban Challenge Sites

June 12, 2002 1 min read

A centerpiece of the $500 million Annenberg Challenge was a series of matching grants made between January 1995 and January 1997 to improve schools in nine large urban areas. Each grant had to be matched two-for-one by money raised from other sources, except for the Los Angeles project, which required only a dollar-for-dollar match. A summary of project goals follows.

Bay Area
$25 million
Create a regional learning collaborative of schools, districts, and support provider organizations
Boston
$10 million
Boston Support superintendent-led effort
for whole-school change in all district schools
Chicago
$49.2 million
Foster small learning communities, reorganize teaching time, and reduce isolation of teachers, students, and schools
Detroit
$20 million
Improve relationships between students and teachers and between schools and their communities and districts
Houston
$20 million
Reform public education with emphasis on class size, reducing isolation, and teacher learning
Los Angeles
$53 million
Promote stability and coherence across “families” of K-12: improve literacy
New York City
$25 million
Create new and support existing small schools of; expand district support for small schools
Philadelphia
$50 million
Support districtwide, superintendent-led, 10-point plan built around new citywide learning standards
South Florida
33.4 million
Foster comprehensive school change and improved student achievement through a variety of strategies

SOURCE: Annenberg Challenge

A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2002 edition of Education Week as Urban Challenge Sites