12 Kentucky school districts to share grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A dozen school districts in Kentucky will be sharing an $8.8 million, three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

Officials say the "Integration Grant" will support the integration of several critical streams of work - measures of effective teaching, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and the development of innovative tools and resources to help teachers deliver instruction.

"The 12 school districts involved in this work will be models for the rest of the state," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday in a news release. "Their efforts will be crucial to Kentucky's implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Students will receive meaningful and rigorous instruction, while their teachers will be supported through high-quality resources and measurement of their effectiveness."

The 12 districts receiving the grant money are Daviess County, Fleming County, Gallatin County, Jackson Independent, Jessamine County, Lee County, Owen County, Washington County, Jefferson County, Kenton County, Magoffin County, and Simpson County.

Officials say Kentucky is one of three states, including Colorado and Louisiana, to receive an Integration Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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