GE Foundation Gives $20 million Grant To MPS
MILWAUKEE - The GE Foundation has announced it will be giving more than $20 million to Milwaukee Public Schools over five years.
The grant is meant to bolster the districts math and science programs.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says it's an area that's been lagging: "We know that right now United States students are achieving at number 25 out of 29 developing countries when it comes to science and math. This is absolutely a shot in the arm for MPS and we're excited about this collaboration."
MPS officials plan to use the money for cutting edge resources to make Milwaukee kids more competitive when it comes to getting into good colleges.
Marcelo Mosci, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Americas calls it a critical investment: "By partnering with the local authorities... teachers and administration after schools, we think we are partnering for the future of the society... future of the Milwaukee community."
MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton says parents can expect to see changes in the classroom immediately: "Your child is going to see hands on science, your child is going to see greater access to more rigorous math."
Milwaukee is one of seven U.S. cities that has received money from G.E.'s "Developing Futures in Education Program".