Education to Career

Improving outcomes for Boston’s residents across the education pipeline

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Background
Achieving gold-standard educational outcomes for all of Boston’s children, regardless of family income or racial/ethnic background is our nation’s greatest contemporary challenge.  If any American city has what it takes to create a seamless and effective education pipeline that works for everyone, it is Boston.  The Boston Foundation is deeply committed to strengthening our city’s entire education pipeline—from K-12 education in Boston’s public schools through college completion and entry into the adult workforce. 

Approach
Through our civic leadership and grantmaking, we focus on accelerating structural reform and promoting autonomies in the public schools in Boston.  We are also dedicated to raising the college graduation rates for low-income, minority and first-generation college students from public schools in Boston—and promoting career advancement and economic security for low-income adults.  We are proud to be a founding partner of the Boston Opportunity Agenda, a citywide public/private partnership focused on a “cradle to career” approach to education.  We also partner with the City and universities on the Success Boston college completion initiative.

Desired Outcomes
On the K-12 level, we seek to double the number of seats in autonomous schools in Boston by 2015, including seats in new charter, pilot and innovation schools.  We are also determined to double the college completion rate for Boston Public Schools graduates by 2017.  Finally, we hope to see a 50 percent increase in adult students who are achieving their goals for advancement through adult education. 

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Latest News

Boston Indicators Project report, forum explore growth of autonomy in city’s public schools
Date: March 20, 2014

The public school landscape in Boston looks sharply different than it was even five years ago, according to a Boston Indicators Project special report released today in an Understanding Boston forum at the Boston Foundation.  Taking Stock: Five Years of Structural Change in Boston’s Public Schools, takes a broad look at the overall makeup of public schools in Boston to provide a snapshot of how school structures and student performance have been affected by reforms.

State House Rally Draws a Diverse Group of Passionate Supporters for "An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap"
Date: March 14, 2014

A rousing, information-packed rally was held at the State House today by the Race to the Top Coalition, convened by the Boston Foundation to promote educational equity across the Commonwealth. The event took place on the same day that charter schools throughout the state are holding their random admissions lotteries to assign just 2,200 charter seats from more than 13,600 applicants who signed up in hopes of getting into a charter. Surrounded by charter school students from across the state, parents, educators and business leaders spoke in support of "An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap."

Funds

The Permanent Fund for Boston Longley-Elisio-photo

At the heart of everything the Boston Foundation has done over the last century—every grant it has made, every innovation it has supported, every cause it has championed—is its endowment, the Permanent Fund for Boston.  Established through bequests left by hundreds of visionary and forward-thinking Bostonians since 1917, this essential fund fuels all of the Foundation’s work and provides the resources that have sparked positive change and enabled new ideas.

The Civic Leadership Fund Female student portrait photo The Civic Leadership Fund supports the Foundation’s role as a civic hub where information, knowledge, resources and influence come together for the greater good of our region.  This crucial fund helps us tackle some of our region’s most serious challenges through a wide range of activities.