The Atlanta Public Schools will receive a $22 million grand to boost math and science education from the General Electric Co.’s charitable foundation, so that more Atlanta students will be prepared for life after high school.
This grant from the Connecticut-based company is the second the Atlanta Public Schools has received in the past year and the largest one in the system’s history.
Last fall, the Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised the system $10 million to help redesign the system’s high schools.
The GE Foundation announcement was made Oct. 30.
Atlanta is the fifth school system in the country to receive be accepted into GE’s College Bound District program.
After overhauling the system’s literacy programs last year, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall announced last year that math and science would be the next areas she would tackle. So, the GE award could not have come at a better time for her.
The system’s math curriculum has already been updated and made more uniform so that students in the same grade are learning the same studies at the same time, no matter what school they attend.
Teachers also received a week of training this summer ensure they had a good grasp of the materials.
In addition to the grant money, Atlanta’s schools will also benefit from expertise of the company’s more than 3,000 local employees, who may act as mentors for teachers and students. Other GE staffers, who will oversee the program, will keep close tabs on the system’s progress to ensure academic goals are being met.