Our Mission: To develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality PreK-12 public education.
At the Schott Foundation, we believe that quality public education is a mainstay of our democracy. It provides not only a route out of poverty, but also the possibility to transform young lives. This conviction drives Schott’s grantmaking strategy, which seeks to create healthy living and learning communities and ensure fairness, opportunity and access to high quality public schools for all children.
Unfortunately, every day millions of children in the United States attend dilapidated public schools with overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and materials, harsh discipline policies and limited access to quality teaching and wraparound supports like school nurses, college counselors and afterschool programs.
Schott supports an “Opportunity to Learn” frame for understanding education policy. This framework recognizes that to truly close achievement gaps, our nation must address underlying “opportunity gaps” — the deep disparities that exist in access to quality educational resources, particularly for low-income students and students of color.
Schott’s core belief is that well-resourced grassroots campaigns can lead to systemic change in the disparities poor children and children of color face in our nation’s schools. In helping to build these campaigns into a movement, Schott recognizes its pivotal role as both funder and advocate.