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WASHINGTON -- The American Federation of Teachers welcomes the unprecedented support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for efforts to improve teaching and learning through grants totaling $290 million to school systems in Hillsborough County, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Memphis; and a group of charter schools in Los Angeles.
“These Gates Intensive Partnership grants will show that when dedicated adults engage in true collaboration, the real winners are the students,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said. She extended special congratulations to the teachers and staff in the Hillsborough County and Pittsburgh schools who are represented by the AFT. “The grants create an opportunity for teachers, administrators and their respective communities to shape the future of their schools for years to come,” Weingarten said.