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Thursday, December 10, 2009

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By:
Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith
Regarding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Announcement for Hillsborough School District

“Tonight I had the honor of joining hundreds of teachers, principals, administrators, business leaders and community members from Hillsborough County during the official announcement ceremony of the school district’s $100 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to promote effective teaching and raise student achievement. This award is a testament to the leadership of superintendent MaryEllen Elia, her staff and members of the Hillsborough County school board who have shown a clear commitment to their students. Their innovative thinking and strong desire to move beyond the status quo, combined with the Gates Foundation’s unparalleled efforts to improve the education of all students, has created a partnership that will truly redefine how we approach learning in this country.”