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Gates Gives Cities $12 Million to Boost College Completion

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Four U.S. cities will receive $3 million each over the next three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for programs to improve college graduation rates, the foundation announced last week.

The money will be used to align academic standards between high school and college, strengthen data systems, implement early assessment and college prep strategies, and create support systems to boost college completion rates. The grants emphasize partnerships among cities, colleges, and public school systems to help students be successful in postsecondary education.

New York City; San Francisco; Mesa, Ariz.; and Riverside, Calif., will receive the funds as part of the Communities Learning in Partnership Initiative, led by the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.

Vol. 30, Issue 06, Page 4

Published in Print: October 6, 2010, as Gates Gives Cities $12 Million to Boost College Completion
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