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Building Opportunities:

NYC Education Reform

Education Funders Research Initiative, a project of Philanthropy New York,

is supported by a group of diverse funding organizations that have pursued an array of education reform strategies.

These and other private foundations have invested over $2 billion in New York City public school reform efforts over the last decade and have been crucial to many of the reform strategies pursued both by the Department of Education and by other education support organizations. Now, they have come together to engage New Yorkers and focus our leaders on new research into how we can best prepare students for college and 21st-century careers, driven by the question: How can we improve on what's working in NYC education?

To that end, EdFunders has commissioned a series of reports that provides unbiased, independent analysis of the various reform strategies that have been implemented across New York City public schools, highlighting strategies that have achieved success in schools or programs effective with particular populations.

Good things have been happening in the New York City school system, and the EdFunders reports illuminates those. But, this initiative also asks probing questions about what aspects of our educational system aren't working – including whether we can better align the system’s resources to what the research shows works. We believe this is an important contribution to the public dialogue on public education as the next mayor and chancellor take up their new positions in the coming year. 

The first two white papers were released on October 8 at an event co-sponsored by WNYC SchoolBook. To watch our November 21 panel and discussion, click here. To join the conversation online, follow us at @edfundersri, using the hashtag #WhatWorks.