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.