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Oprah’s Angel Network has bestowed a $1 million donation upon an Oakland nonprofit.

The Aspire Public Schools network was one of six public school reform groups awarded $1 million grants. Operating 30 charter schools, Aspire Public Schools services nearly 10,000 students in East Palo Alto, Modesto, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. Charter school networks from New Orleans, Houston, Denver, Philadelphia, and Chicago were also awarded grants.

Oprah Winfrey has recently drawn attention to the state of American Public schools by devoting an entire episode of her talk show to the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” The film focuses on the ailments of the public school system and hopes to draw community support.

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