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Urban Education

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is dedicated to increasing educational attainment for urban students, with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged youth. Toward this end, the Foundation has directed most of its support toward highly successful operators of non-traditional public schools who are playing an important role in Massachusetts’ efforts to eliminate the achievement gap. The leaders of these innovative public schools have been granted significant autonomy over such factors as the hiring and evaluation of teachers, the length of the school day, curriculum, and school culture in exchange for accepting full accountability for student success.

The Foundation aims to improve K-12 outcomes by increasing access to and strengthening high-quality schools. This has been accomplished by funding talent development and supporting the expansion of charter school facilities for high-performing school networks. Recently, the Foundation has also been exploring strategies to improve the college and career readiness of low-income high school students by increasing access to early college and career pathways programs.
 
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Urban Education