Gates Foundation gift to go toward education

San Francisco got a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will go straight toward paying for education.

The grant, which is part of the Communities Learning in Partnership initiative, will be spent on helping high school students go to college.

The City and County of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District has already created the “Bridge to Success” partnership, which aims to help more students complete their education beyond high school. The grant money will go toward implementing steps in that program.

“San Francisco has forged new and exciting partnerships with our public schools and community colleges to guarantee universal pre-school, universal afterschool programs, and a place in our colleges for every child,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said. “With this prestigious grant from the Gates Foundation, we will help bridge the graduation gap and ensure our students are ‘college ready’ and ‘career ready’ so that they not only get a good education but a place in the 21st-century workforce.”

For San Francisco, the numbers are stark. Only 27 percent of high school students in 2004 remained in college, according to the mayor’s office.

The goal is to double the number of low-income students who receive a post-secondary degree over the next 10 years; the goal by 2020 is for a 90 percent graduation rate.

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