Last year, the Gates Foundation announced its intention to invest $500 million over the next five years in a "handful of urban districts" for a groundbreaking program of finding and rewarding effective teachers -- and pulling ineffective teachers out of the classroom.
Ten school districts nationwide were tapped as finalists for the grants, expected to be announced in November. Media reports have also listed districts in Hillsborough County, Fla., Tulsa, Okla., and Pittsburgh, Pa., as being among the contenders.
A few months back, I think I remember reading a story concerning the Gates Foundation-Pittsburgh connection. I may have written about it. I would think that Pittsburgh represents a substantial public relations opportunity for Gates since the announcement of the award winners will come on the heels of the G-20 summit.