Colorado is getting some help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced Monday that the state is getting $5.9 million to help increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for college and careers.
The grant will be administered through the Colorado Legacy Foundation. It's dedicated to increasing student achievement by having effective school leaders and teachers. The foundation's trustees include Garcia, former Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien and state education board member Elaine Gantz Berman.
The Gates Foundation was created in 2000 by the Microsoft Corp. chairman and his wife.