Gates Foundation names finalists for grants to study teaching

08/19/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to spend about $500 million over the next five years to study what makes a teacher effective. The foundation will study the best ways to rate teachers and work with school districts to develop innovative ways to recruit, train and assess teachers. Four school districts and a group of Los Angeles charter schools were named finalists this week to serve as laboratories for best teaching practices.

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