January 17th, 2013 | City

Education reform receives boost from Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has jumped on board the Elm City’s efforts to enact education reform through teacher development, giving the city a $111,042 donation on Monday.

The money will go toward creating an “innovative professional development” for teachers through initiatives like the teacher evaluation system TEVAL. Additionally, the $53 million dollar federal grant will fund further teacher development. If New Haven constructs a comprehensive plan sufficient to reach the Gate Foundation’s second stage, they may qualify for an additional $3 million or a $5 million grant.

New Haven and Bridgeport were among a handful of school districts in the country that won planning grants, New Haven Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Garth Harries told the New Haven Independent.