October 4, 2007

Henry Ford Learning Institute launches national network of high schools

Chicago, Illinois – The Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and community partners have announced a combined US$11.5 million investment to launch a U.S. network of small high schools modelled after the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan. The schools are intended to provide students in urban centres with quality environments, a college-going culture and high academic standards.

The first school will be the Henry Ford Academy: Power House High in Chicago, which opens next year and will eventually serve 460 students. The new school is part of Chicago’s Public School’s Renaissance 2010 initiative, which is working to develop or transform 100 schools in the city by 2010.

An investment of US$8.5 million from Ford Motor Company Fund will help HFLI build the foundation for the network, with much of the funding going directly toward supporting new Henry Ford Academies; US$3 million from the Gates Foundation will support the launch of five schools in Midwest urban communities, including Power House High.

“To achieve a sustainable future, we must be thoughtful stewards of our resources, and there is no resource more precious than our children,” says Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Our children are our future. Providing them with an education that enables them to succeed in the world is the most important thing we can do for them, and for ourselves.”

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