Hartford Public Schools Wins $5 Million District-Charter Collaboration Grant in Partnership with Achievement First and FUSE/Jumoke Academy Schools. (2)

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE  Issue 1     December 21, 2012


Hartford Public Schools Wins $5 Million District-Charter Collaboration Grant in Partnership with Achievement First and FUSE/Jumoke Academy Schools.

Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools celebrates with students, Destinee Marquez, Nastasia Lewis, Shaday Hall and Jamaya Wallace from FUSE/Jumoke Academy Schools at press announcement.

Hartford Public Schools will expand its partnerships with the Achievement First and Jumoke Academy charter school organizations with a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Hartford, whose district-charter partnership began in 2008, will use the additional funds to deepen collaboration by scaling existing work and partnerships to advance college readiness in both district and charter schools. “We are truly honored to have the Gates Foundation as a partner in our shared goal of closing the achievement gap and preparing all students for college and career success,” Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto said. “This grant will help Hartford Public Schools, Jumoke and Achievement First build on the successful practices that each has to offer the others.”

City Councilman David MacDonald joins the officials who announced the grant, including Noah Wepman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Michael Sharpe of FUSE/Jumoke Academy Schools, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Linda J. Kelly of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Dacia Toll of Achievement First, and Matthew K. Poland, Chair of the Board of Education.

The Gates Foundation announced the grants early today, followed by local announcements in the recipient communities, which included Philadelphia, Boston; Denver, New York; New Orleans and Spring Branch, TX. Hartford announced its grant at a press conference in the State Capitol Building. Noah Wepman, portfolio manager for the College Ready Program at the Gates Foundation; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Education, Jumoke Academy CEO Dr. Michael M. Sharpe, Achievement First Co-CEO and President Dacia Toll, Hartford Board of Education Chairman Matthew K. Poland, and an audience of students, parents, teachers and supporters joined Dr. Kishimoto at the announcement.

Connecticut's Education Governor, Dannel Malloy prepares to speak.

“Last session, we passed education reform measures to improve how Connecticut prepares students for the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Malloy. “Working with dedicated and committed teachers, administrators, and parents, we have made important changes to ensure our young people have the ability to take on the challenges ahead. We are deeply appreciative of the Gates Foundation investment and the good work the Foundation is doing in the Hartford Public School system.”

One of the very poised student council officers, Jamaya Wallace from Jumoke Academy speaks to the press.

For more information about this story, please see the below links from our media outlets:

Big Gates Foundation grant will promote Hartford Schools, charter ties
The Connecticut Mirror
By Robert A. Frahm A new multimillion-dollar grant to Hartford's public… P. Malloy and Hartford School Superintendent Christina M.Kishimoto listen as …


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Hartford Courant
That's a tribute to the reform work that Hartford public schools are doing. … board's recent lukewarm evaluation of Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.


Hartford Schools To Receive $5 Million From Gates Foundation
Hartford Courant
"This grant will help Hartford public schools, Jumoke and Achievement First … The city board of education must approve any schoolmanagement agreements.


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