Ballmer Group Awards $5.9 Million to Detroit Public Schools

Ballmer Group Awards $5.9 Million to Detroit Public Schools

The Ballmer Group has awarded $5.9 million to the Detroit Public Schools District to develop a new student data portal, Crain's Detroit Business reports.

Awarded by the philanthropy established by former Microsoft CEO and Detroit native Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, the grant is an element of the Ballmer Group's investment strategy for metro Detroit, which includes a focus on economic mobility and youth empowerment. To be powered by Microsoft's MyView software, the online portal will be rolled out over four years and will host instructional materials and dashboards for students as well as data related to attendance, behavior, and academic standing that can be accessed by teachers and parents.

"This grant will yield a dramatic return on investment because it will empower school leaders, teachers, staff, community, and parents to have immediate and easy access to student data related to attendance, discipline, and performance to problem solve and provide the right support for our children," said DPS superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Kurt Nagl. "Ballmer Group Grants $5.9 Million to Detroit Public Schools District." Crain's Detroit Business 12/16/2019.