A 2008 study found that while graduates of Boston Public Schools had some of the highest college enrollment rates in the country, a below-average 35.5 percent of those students earned a degree within seven years. Thus began a concerted effort to get that number up. The Boston Foundation just gave close to $1 million to seven groups as part of the initiative.
After about a year as director of education at the Barr Foundation, Wendy Puriefoy, longtime national and regional leader in public education reform and school equity, plans to leave the foundation in February. The announcement comes on the heels of another big change at Barr, the recent hiring of a new executive director.
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $800,000 to Roxbury Prep Charter Schools for building renovations. Unlike some other philanthropic foundations that are giving money to Boston Public Schools, The Smith Foundation is focusing on non-traditional schools that aim to close the achievement gaps in the city.
When it comes to supporting education, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation is especially partial towards the cities of Boston and Attleboro, Massachusetts. Earlier this year, Balfour awarded two elementary/secondary education grants in the amount of $100,000; one to each city's public school system.