- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County Schools is being given one more year to use the roughly $11 million left in a gift awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2009 to help the cash-strapped district bolster teacher quality efforts.

Chalkbeat Tennessee and The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/22w9xfE ) report that the Gates money was supposed to be spent by the district by June 30 but can now be stretched until mid-2017.

The district is projected to have an $86 million deficit next school year, but Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said in a statement Tuesday that the money will help the district continue to emphasize investing in teachers.

The foundation had pledged up to $90 million over seven years, beginning in 2009, to overhaul the way the district hires, trains and supports teachers and principals.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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