"Boston Compact": Charter, Catholic, District Schools

I'm a week late to say congrats to Kevin Andrews and the folks who put together the Boston Compact.

On Wednesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will give a $3.25 million grant to foster the partnership, formally called the Boston Compact. Only seven US cities received one of the competitive grants in this round, officials said.

“The purpose of this compact is to educate all of the students of the city of Boston,” Kevin Andrews, the compact’s co-chair and head of the Neighborhood House Charter School, told the crowd after the school children performed.

“We don’t have to compete anymore,” said Rev. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., pastor of the Charles Street AME Church and chairman of the Boston School Committee. “We don’t have to feud. We can fuel each other.”

Where do the $ go?

The Gates Foundation grant will allow the compact to train 250 teachers and administrators to improve instruction for English language learners, which city officials said is the fastest growing population of students in Boston.

...The grant will also support efforts to accelerate performance for black and Latino boys, and it will support an ongoing effort to coordinate and simplify the school enrollment process, officials said.

And, the funding will help launch three more school performance partnerships, like the one between the Edison, Conservatory Lab Charter and St. Columbkille schools, which plan to share in professional development, techniques of analyzing student data and other initiatives.

Kevin is back left. Greg is back right.

Ellen Guiney and her colleagues set the table for this agreement, by devising the Boston Schoolchildren's Consortium a few years ago. Sometimes you just gotta get people in the same room talking to each other.

Adam Porsch at Gates moved this effort along in several cities.