City Announces $3 Million Grant to Improve College Graduation Rates
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco is one of four U.S. cities awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities to fund innovative proposals to boost college completion rates. The grants are part of the Communities Learning in Partnership initiative, which is led by the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families.
The City and County of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will receive $3 million over the next three years to align expectations between high school and college, strengthen data systems, and coordinate student services. Last year, the City, CCSF, and SFUSD created the “Bridge to Success” partnership that brought together the Mayor’s Office, SFUSD and CCSF leaders to devise new ways of helping more students successfully complete an education beyond high school. Implementing those steps and achieving those benchmarks will be the focus of the grant-funded effort. Read more.