The mission of The Schott Foundation for Public Education is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality preK-12 public education.
Not All Public Educations Are Equal
Every day, hundreds of thousands of children in the United States attend dilapidated public schools with overcrowded classrooms, and outdated text books and materials. They are frequently denied access to quality teaching as well. At the Schott Foundation, we believe that quality public education is a mainstay of our democracy. Quality public education provides not only the route out of poverty, but can dismantle structural racism and transform young lives. This conviction drives Schott’s grant-making strategy, which seeks to ensure fairness, opportunity and access to high quality public schools for all children.
Advancing Fairness, Access and Opportunity in Education Through Strategic Grant-making, Convenings, and Leveraging
The Schott Foundation supports grantees working toward state-wide high quality education for all, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable students. Specifically, The Schott Foundation provides and promotes grant-making, convenings, strategic planning and donor collaboration to:
- Build public will to guarantee every child has the right to high-quality public education.
- Support statewide campaigns to educate the public and policymakers.
- Develop partnerships with donors, funders, business leaders, education reform advocates, teachers, parents, youth and community leaders.
- Foster the growth of emerging leaders in traditionally underserved communities.
Since 1991, The Schott Foundation has created significant impact by carefully thought out strategy and a clear idea of what the win will be. Some recent Schott grantee accomplishments include:
- Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) won a landmark victory at the New York Court of Appeals. The Court directed the state legislature to adequately fund New York City schools by July 30, 2004. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court affirmed the Supreme Court ruling on appeal, ordering the State to provide New York City's schools $4.7 to $5.63 billion in operating aid and $11 billion in capital funding by April 1, 2006. In 2007, the state legislature voted to enact an unprecedented increase of $1.76 billion in aid for FY2007-08. Other New York education public policy gains in 2007 call for smaller class sizes, full day pre-kindergarten, teacher quality initiatives and other reforms.
- CFE and AQE have ensured that New York’s movement for fiscal equity is racially and geographically diverse, both in its leadership and constituency.
- An Act Establishing Early Education for All was filed in December 2002 by the Early Education for All campaign. Over 100 Massachusetts legislators have co-signed the bill. On June 15, 2006, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously (37-0) passed S.2583, An Act Relative to Early Education and Care, landmark legislation creating the Massachusetts Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.
- The Council for Fair School Finance case, Hancock v Driscoll, moved to the Supreme Justice Court during the summer of 2004.
- Initiated in October 2003, The Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education supports a diverse group of senior early childhood education leaders to engage in policy research in support of the movement for universal early education.
- The Massachusetts Leadership Empowerment Project (MassLEAP) has trained six hundred diverse early childhood education providers to be a part of the decision making process in the field of early care and education.
- The Gender Equity in Model Sites (GEMS) Initiative was launched in two Greater Boston schools in 2003 to create models of school climate that are sensitive and equitable with regards to gender, race, class, and other identities.
Current philanthropic interests:
Looking forward, Schott’s strategic grantmaking will seek to achieve measurable increases in state allocations for equitable education in both Massachusetts and New York. Specifically, in two to five years, Schott wants these increases to include:
- per pupil financial allocations and
- well-established and growing state-level allocations for early childhood education.
As we work towards these positive changes, Schott will also seek to diversify the leadership around these issues. Specifically, Schott wants to: increase the number of women and people of color in policy leadership positions.
Learn more about Schott's framework for success and target outcomes[PDF].
The Schott Foundation for Public Education celebrated its 15th anniversary on May 4, 2006 and honored public education activists: Marian Wright Edelman, Dick Beattie, Cynthia Nixon and Robert Jackson.
Click here to read the anniversary speech by Greg Jobin-Leeds[PDF].