HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Spring Branch School District is the recipient of a $2.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant is part of a program that fosters a partnership between traditional school districts and charter schools.
Spring Branch ISD, joins seven other districts who were also winners of the grant. School districts in Boston, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Hartford, Connecticut and New Orleans also won money from the foundation.
Each of the school districts that were grant recipients were among 16 communities that pledged to reduce tension between districts and charter schools. Agreements were signed that entail both the districts and charter school systems to share resources, best practices and procedures that encourage education high standards.
Charter schools have seen their share of controversy. They are publicly and usually operate independently of school districts. Supporters of them state that they provide innovative and safer alternatives to traditional neighborhood schools. However, many opponents of charter schools state that they are a distraction and a weight on city resources.
Spring Branch, which is slated to receive nearly $2.2 million, created two schools in partnership with the KIPP and YES charter schools this year.