To help school-reform pioneers in seven cities reinvent the high school experience for more than 140,000 students, Carnegie Corp. of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have committed a total of $60 million to Schools for a New Society, an initiative that aims to improve urban high schools around the country.

Over the next five years, school and community partners in six of the cities—Boston, Chattanooga, Providence, Sacramento, San Diego, and Worcester, Mass.—each will receive $8 million, to be matched locally, for carrying out reforms. The seventh city, Houston, will receive

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