Charter, Sacramento City Unified Leaders Head to Chicago for the Gates Foundation RFP

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December 2, 2011 In September 2011, district and charter leaders in Sacramento City Unified signed a historic agreement to collaborate on strategies to increase student academic achievement amongst public school students in the city center. Among other things, the agreement includes a school district commitment to offer "fast track" renewal and replication for high performing charters.

The voluntary agreement, locally called the High Performing Schools Compact, was championed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of their nationwide public school reform agenda. This week, the Gates Foundation is releasing their request for proposal (RFP) for grants to implement compact agreements. Representatives from school districts across America will convene in Chicago to network and learn more about the RFP. Grants are expected to range from $250,000 to $10 million dollars.

Sac City Superintendent Jonathan Raymond; Ed Manansala with St. HOPE Public Schools; and Laura Kerr from the California Charter Schools Association will brave the freezing cold Chicago weather to represent Sacramento at the Gates convening. During the meeting, the Sacramento envoy hopes to get a better understanding of the criteria and timeline for accessing the grant funds.

The ultimate goal is to prepare Sacramento City Unified - a district with more than 40,000 students, where nearly half of the schools are in Program Improvement - to submit a proposal that will enable the city to receive much-needed grant dollars to support the expansion of high performing schools.

For more information about the High Performing Schools Compact, please email me.

Laura A. Kerr
Regional Director, Northeastern California