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Boston Foundation Backs Expansion of ‘Pilot’ Schools

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo & Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — December 11, 2007 1 min read

Boston public schools that want to join the district’s network of “pilot” schools can tap into a new fund to help pay for planning and implementation.

The Boston Foundation, which has offered financial support for the program over the past decade, announced this month that it has established the $840,000 fund.

The foundation previously awarded planning grants to nearly two dozen schools in the 56,000-student district.

Pilot schools, like charter schools, have autonomy in curriculum, hiring, scheduling, and budgeting. (“Students in Boston’s ‘Pilot’ Schools Outpacing Others,” Nov. 14, 2007.) The foundation is also working with the Los Angeles and Aurora, Colo., school districts to convert some of their schools to pilot schools.

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