New city schools to be modeled after Morris High School

As Mayor Bloomberg and New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein continue to press for change in New York City schools, a multi-million dollar grant is allowing them to create dozens of new schools modeled after the Bronx's Morris High School. Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates announced Wednesday that his foundation will donate $51 million to create 67 small, academically rigorous New York City high schools in underserved communities. Morris High School is smaller than most high schools in the Bronx and classes are smaller.Research shows students in small high schools are more likely to graduate and less likely to be victims of school crime.Bloomberg said the donation was the largest education grant the city has received during his administration.

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