Cracked Foundations: Broward County Public Schools (FL)


Granting Foundation(s): Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Windward Fund

Grants Total: $1,845,182

US News and World Report Test Score Proficiency:

On July 9, 2015, Broward County Public Schools accepted a grant from the Wallace Foundation for $1,700,000 to participate in the Foundation’s “Principal Supervisors Initiative,” which is one of many initiatives the Foundation has funded to help districts “improve the effectiveness of the administrators who oversee principals.” The Wallace Foundation’s mission is to “foster equity and improvements in learning.”

The school district also received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a partnership with Florida International University’s School of Education and Human Development to participate in its math literacy and equity initiative called FLAME. In a reflection statement from FLAME regarding racial justice, the organization states that “no longer, can anyone allow our students to be used as sacrificial lambs to undemocratic engines of oppression.” Continuing, the alliance says, “we are ramping-up our actions to support our students in liberating themselves from that trap.”

Foundation: Wallace Foundation

Date: July 6, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Grant amount: $800,000

Purpose: To continue to participate in Wallace’s Principal Supervisor Institute

Foundation: Wallace Foundation

Date: September 30, 2018

Grant Amount: $500,000

Purpose: To continue participation in Wallace’s Principal Supervisor Insititute

Foundation: Windward Fund

Date: 2020

Grant amount: $355,182

Purpose: Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Foundation: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Date: May 31, 2021

Grant amount: $100,000

Purpose: To support development of novel resources to accelerate student mastery of algebra

Foundation: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Date: June 30, 2020

Grant amount: $90,000

Purpose: To support college advising


Florida Local Alliance for Math Literacy and Equity

Philosophy and Practice

*The 2015 grant from The Wallace Foundation was not included in the total numbers because it was outside the time frame for this project.