Within the Education Portfolio, PCLB funds strategies believed to offer the greatest likelihood for success in creating and improving K-12 educational opportunities for all students:
- Charter Schools: Combining operational freedoms and accountability, charter schools provide the framework within which principals and teachers can create and run successful schools. One example of this success is evident in longtime PCLB grantee, Excellence Community Schools, a charter management organization with schools in both New York City and Connecticut. The network’s flagship school was the first charter school in the Bronx to receive a National Blue Ribbon, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Another PCLB charter school grantee, Brass City Charter School, opened its doors eight years ago to 114 students in Waterbury, Connecticut. As they have grown, BCCS has stayed true to their educational philosophy of delivering a rigorous academic curriculum that includes immersion in character strengths conducive to success. In June 2021, BCCS held their first-ever commencement ceremony, and sent their inaugural cohort of 8th grade graduates on to high school!
- Advocacy: Thoughtfully crafted public policies enable great public schools to proliferate and thrive. PCLB supports organizations that advocate for effective education policies and practices, with a particular focus on ensuring that all schools are funded in a fair and sensible way. For example, the School and State Finance Project helps make unbiased information on school funding more readily available, to inform better policy decisions. And organizations like FaithActs for Education, Educators for Excellence, ConnCAN, and the Connecticut Charter Schools Association support their members in calling for better funding systems and other critical education policies.
- People Quality: Great principals and teachers are essential factors to student success. PCLB supports programs that recruit, prepare, and retain high-quality school staff. In an example of this work, PCLB funded the launch of TEACH Connecticut to provide resources to anyone considering teaching in Connecticut and to build the strongest-possible educator workforce.
- Scholarship Fund: PCLB supports motivated students who have achieved academic and social success in accessing opportunities that they might not otherwise have had through college. For more information on PCLB’s Scholarship Fund, click here.