To develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality PreK-12 public education.
Schott supports an “Opportunity to Learn” frame on educational policy, which focuses on ensuring that resources are provided for all students to have an equitable opportunity to learn and produce high achievement outcomes. The Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign unites a growing coalition of advocates and organizers from across the country working to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education. The Campaign includes local, state and national organizations, grassroots community leaders, policymakers, youth organizers, business leaders and philanthropic partners. Standards-based reform, and the high-stakes testing that goes with it, has been our nation's dominant education policy in recent decades. But this approach has done nothing to address the deep inequities in access to educational opportunity, particularly for low-income students and students of color. By focusing solely on the achievement gap, our nation has failed to address the opportunity gap that creates it.
Schott’s core belief is that only a grassroots movement can lead to systemic change in the disparities poor children and children of color face in our country’s schools. In helping to build this movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate.
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of thousands of children in the United States attend dilapidated public schools with overcrowded classrooms, and outdated text books and materials.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.
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:
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:
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:
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.