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STAPLETON - Denver School of Science and Technology Public Schools announced on Wednesday it has received a $7 million commitment from John C. Malone, Ph.D., chairman of Liberty Media Corporation, and The Malone Family Foundation.

The school says the gift will go to leadership development, performance-based compensation and professional development for DSST employees. This donation brings Mr. Malone and The Malone Family Foundation's total investment in DSST Public Schools to more than $14 million.

"This gift is a reflection of my confidence in DSST Public Schools," Malone said. "Their innovative approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math is raising the bar for all students in Colorado. I am very pleased to support DSST which is having a transformative impact on public education, in Denver, across Colorado and throughout our nation."

The grant will support the growth of DSST Public Schools by developing our leadership pipeline, providing performance-based compensation and building the capacity of our team through professional learning.

DSST Public Schools (DSST), authorized by Denver Public Schools (DPS), operates a network of open-enrollment, STEM charter schools. Students are admitted to DSST by lottery through the DPS School Choice Process; there are no admissions criteria. This fall, DSST Public Schools will enroll more than 3,500 students at nine schools on six campuses. More than 70 percent of students are minority and more than 60 percent qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

By 2022, DSST Public Schools will operate 14 schools on seven campuses, serving over 6,500 students and nearly doubling the number of four-year college-ready graduates in Denver Public Schools.

Additional information about DSST Public Schools is available at www.dsstpublicschools.org.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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