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Hindley, Barbara – Boston Foundation, 2016
In the fall of 2009, the Boston Foundation announced a new strategic framework, "Thriving People, Vibrant Places", to guide much of its work for the next five years. The framework had its roots in a larger strategic direction first taken by the Foundation's Board of Directors in 2001. At that time, the Board believed the Boston…
Descriptors: Social Change, Community Development, Grants, Citizenship
Koo, Juliana; Curtis, Elizabeth Cabral – Boston Foundation, 2016
Arts and culture are essential components of a vibrant community. This new report revisits the issue of financial support for the nonprofit arts sector in Boston and compares it to 10 other cities. The 10 comparison cities are: (1) Baltimore; (2) Chicago; (3) Cleveland; (4) Houston; (5) Minneapolis-St. Paul; (6) New York; (7) Philadelphia; (8)…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Nonprofit Organizations, Arts Centers, Comparative Analysis
Conroy, Thomas E.; Marion, Mary Jo; Murphy, Timothy E.; Setren, Elizabeth – Boston Foundation, 2016
This report focuses on three questions: 1) What are the college readiness and completion experiences of young Latino men in urban Massachusetts (namely, Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester); 2) What helps or prevents young Latino men from successfully obtaining a post-secondary credential; and 3) What influences young Latino…
Descriptors: High School Students, Hispanic American Students, Males, Urban Areas
Boston Foundation, 2016
This fifth annual "Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card" provides the most up-to-date information available on Boston's education pipeline, from kindergarten through college graduation, including measures for school readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, 10th-grade academic proficiency, high school completion, dropout rates, college…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Schools
Sacheck, Jennifer; Wright, Catherine; Chomitz, Virginia; Chui, Kenneth; Economos, Christina; Schultz, Nicole – Boston Foundation, 2015
This case study addresses two major priorities of the Boston Foundation--health and education. Since the 2007 publication of the "Understanding Boston" report "The Boston Paradox: Lots of Health Care, Not Enough Health," the Boston Foundation has worked to draw attention to the epidemic of preventable chronic disease that not…
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Health Promotion, Public Health, Wellness
French, Dan; Miles, Karen Hawley; Nathan, Linda – Boston Foundation, 2014
This study explores the question of how Boston Public Schools (BPS) can strengthen and support autonomy and accountability across its portfolio to promote innovation and expand access to equity and high performance. Some of the specific questions guiding this work are: (1) Should all schools within BPS operate within autonomous structures? (2) Is…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Institutional Autonomy, Accountability, Educational Innovation
French, Dan; Hawley Miles, Karen; Nathan, Linda – Boston Foundation, 2014
Boston Public Schools is at a crossroads. Nearly one-third of the system's schools operate under one of several "autonomy" structures, where school leaders have increased flexibility regarding staffing and other resources, and choice data indicate parents are far more likely to prefer these schools over so-called "traditional"…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Institutional Autonomy, School Based Management
McEnroe, Ted – Boston Foundation, 2014
While structural reform has certainly inspired change in Boston's public schools, its true value is best measured by examining the impact those changes have had on students. Seen through the lens of student performance over the past five years there is ample suggestion that these structural changes have been more than just window dressing--they…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Outcomes of Education
Angrist, Joshua D.; Cohodes, Sarah R.; Dynarski, Susan M.; Pathak, Parag A.; Walters, Christopher D. – Boston Foundation, 2013
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 set in motion a series of major new initiatives to equalize funding across the Commonwealth, improve the quality of teaching, and strengthen accountability for school performance. Among other important innovations, MERA established the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to inform…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, College Readiness, College Preparation, Attendance