The Equity Project Charter School Evaluation (TEP)

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School achieved widespread attention before it opened in 2009 because of its unique approach to rewarding and developing high quality teachers—including salaries of $125,000 and substantial professional responsibility—while receiving only the standard public funds available to any New York City charter school. TEP is a middle school that enrolled its first 5th-grade class during the 2009–2010 school year; in 2013 that class graduated from TEP’s 8th grade. Located in the Washington Heights neighborhood, TEP’s students are overwhelmingly low-income and Hispanic.

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