Gates Foundation Pledges $1.8 Million For NC High School Turnaround Teams

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already given more than 21 million dollars to improve high school curricula in North Carolina, and now it's giving another one-point-eight million dollars.

Governor Easley announced the foundation's latest gift Wednesday. It will permit the state to create a permanent team of experts to monitor and assess 37 high schools with failing test scores two years in a row.

The state had already sent "turnaround teams" to these schools. Easley said the additional money will help expand the high school turnaround effort to make sure more students are prepared.