Seven cities that are forging new bonds between traditional public schools and public charter schools received $25 million in private funds Wednesday to propel their progress.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced multimillion-dollar grants to Boston, Denver, Hartford, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Spring Branch, Tex., to deepen a new kind of collaboration between charters and district schools.
The seven cities are among 16 that have signed a compact, crafted in 2010 by the Gates Foundation, in which they pledged to break down the barriers between traditional schools and charter schools and work together to improve education in all schools. The District, where 41 percent of schoolchildren attend public charter schools, has not signed the compact.
All 16 participating cities have received $100,000 grants from the foundation. But the seven chosen cities will get considerably more money to further their efforts, ranging from $2.2 million for Spring Branch to $5 million for Hartford.